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A Ritual for Connecting More Deeply with Your Word

A Ritual for Connecting More Deeply with Your Word

Rituals, spiritual practice, Spirituality
A favorite activity for this time of year is choosing a word for the year.  We each have a different way to choose but what they all have in common is the intention.  You choose a word you intend to live by; a word you plan to infuse into all you do; a word you can learn from and grow with. But what do you do once you have your word?  How do you help it to make the greatest impact? One way of deepening the experience of your word is to honor it with a commitment ceremony – to set aside time with the intention of dedicating yourself to your word, commiting yourself to it.  This short ritual can take as little as 15-20 minutes or act as a container for several days of reflection. A Ritual for Connecting More Deeply with Your Word What You’ll Need: 12 tea lights (in fire safe holders) 1...
Thoughtful Thursday: A Skeptic’s Christmas

Thoughtful Thursday: A Skeptic’s Christmas

Essay, Religion, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana Christmas is supposed to be a very bad time for non-believers.  At least, for non-believers in a Christian culture.  (Non-Christian religious believers always have the option of standing with Christians in a spirit of ecumenical solidarity.) To the Christian population, or so the stereotype goes, atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, Ethical Culture-ists -- and people like me:  skeptics -- must celebrate only by becoming perhaps mildly intoxicated on eggnog, singing som...

Prayerful Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Abundance, Breath Prayer, Challenge, contemplation, Creation, Epiphany, Grace, Gratitude, Hope, listen, Love, music, Nature, peace, Photography, prayer, Renewal, Secrets, spirit, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Stillness, Uncategorized
  Playing with the Spirit In the past month I have begun the InterPlay Life Practice Course. For those of you who have never heard of InterPlay I can only described it as a time to play with my body/spirit/heart/mind all at the same time and it is a blast! Of course the founders of InterPlay have a much longer definition, that in brief, is a system and practice that allows you to lean slowly at your own pace to love being an embodied being by bringing into one whole Mind/Body/Spirit/Heart. But for me the term “it’s a blast” works best. (If any of you are interested in the longer definition please visit www.interplay.org and there you will find all kinds of information and also where you might find an InterPlay play group of your very own.) Within my small community of new friends ...