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Finding New Spiritual Practices To Inspire Me

Finding New Spiritual Practices To Inspire Me

awareness, Challenge, Church, community, Compassion, contemplation, faith, Liturgy, mindfulness, solitude, spiritual practice, spiritual practices, Spirituality
I'm working on a new spiritual practice for my life--actually a few new ones. In my book collection I've been intrigued by several titles lately. Poetry as Spiritual Practice, How the Light Gets In: Writing as Spiritual Practice, and Create Your Personal Sacred Text: Develop and Celebrate Your Spiritual Life , I've also been longing for the ritual of the Book of Hours. I have very little routine to my days and nights--as I've said to other people, I feel like I go to an unsupervised kindergarten! My friend Jamie Wright Bagley taught a course on the Book of Hours last year--I hope she'll do it again. Here's a link to a Book of Hours that Jamie did for herself. Thomas Merton's Book of Hours is on my list, along with Macrina Wiederkehr's Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the ...
Nonviolent Sabbath

Nonviolent Sabbath

meditation, nonviolence, spiritual practice
Nonviolence seems like a no brainer for Sabbath! If there is one day of the week that we should rest into nonviolence, it should be the day that we are called to rest, yes? I've been considering how we create change in a world that is not centered on the radical counter cultural ideas of Sabbath. Sabbath is rest, work stoppage, creation, and stepping away from systems of oppression. Everything that I think of that makes the world a more just and merciful place does not seem possible in the prevailing culture of anti-Sabbath. So how do we change cultures when cultures seem to be unmovable forces? Do you become an unstoppable motion? What happens when an unstoppable motion meets and unmovable force? Nobody survives. That means a counter-cultural revolution must happen that includes a creat...
Sabbath with the Sleeping Orcas of the San Juan Islands

Sabbath with the Sleeping Orcas of the San Juan Islands

sabbath, spiritual practice
I'm on personal Sabbath time - vacation - on Vancouver Island in Canada. We encountered a pod of resident Orcas today. I'm sharing a bad cell phone photo because I cannot process my regular photos until I get home. :)  And, I'm sharing a bit of information. Also, the photo is in the correct proportion for a Facebook header. Feel free to download it and use it if you want to remember them. The Orcas pictured here are actually sleeping. Orcas swim and sleep in a gentle rhythm while in a pod together. I wonder what it would be like if we had a pattern of communal rest? There are three species of Orca. Resident Orcas, Transient Orcas, and Offshore Orcas. Technically, there is one classification, but scientists think there are at least 3 different species and that needs to be addressed. The R