Living the Theme: Spirit on Fire: Spiritual Practice

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

Goals

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