You can think of spiritual practice as a kind of spiritual re-parenting … You’re offering yourself the two qualities that make up good parenting: understanding – seeing yourself for who you truly are – and relating to what you see with unconditional love.
~ Tara Brach
You create a path of your own by looking within yourself and listening to your soul, cultivating your own ways of experiencing the sacred and then practicing it. Practicing until you make it a song that sings you.
~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
Every night before I go to sleep I say out loud three things that I am grateful for, all the significant, insignificant, extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life. It is a small practice and humble, and yet, I find I sleep better holding what lightens and softens my life every so briefly at the end of the day.
~ Carrie Newcomer, A Permeable Life: Poems & Essays
Basic awareness meditation is really nothing more or less than giving open, nonjudgmental attention to present-moment, non-conceptual experiencing. You don’t have to be in the lotus position. This can happen on the city bus.
~ Joan Tollifson, Nothing to Grasp
If the only prayer you ever said in your life was “thank you,” that would suffice.
~ Meister Eckhart
Learn what spiritual practice is
Experience different spiritual practices
Consider what practice we might include in our own lives and why
Taking It Home
Do you have a spiritual practice? Talk together as a family or with a friend about ways you might do something together or individually to build a practice of being present and living with intention. It can be creative, like music or art or dance. You might try reflecting on poetry, walking the labyrinth, sitting meditation, chanting or drumming. Light a chalice and read some words that speak to your own faith development.
Gratitude is a simple way of incorporating a spiritual practice into your family life. Simply take time to reflect at a meal together on what each person is grateful for in their life. Really, anything that you do regularly with intention can be a way to connect with your inner self and provide the respite you may need to be more available to others in your daily life.
Our RE Stories for the Theme
All I See is Part of Me by Chara M. Curtis
What Does It Mean to be Present? by Rana DiOrio
Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud