Category Archives: spiritual formation

Spiritual Practice: Listening to Trees

  What do you mean, Jacci, trees don’t talk! Well, even though new scientific research is showing that trees actually do communicate, that’s not exactly what I’m referring to. I’m talking about sitting in nature: listening, observing and being in awe of creation. We forget, in our busy lives, just how much nature is good …

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Spiritual Practice: Moving Through Thresholds

(I decided to continue with my blog and share the book I’m writing over on Wattpad. You can read it here). Now, back to the blog on Spiritual Practices! Recently I was with a patient as he was dying. His body fought hard to stay alive and I sat with him, holding his hand, praying …

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Spiritual Practice: Nurturing Relationships

  You know if you follow me that I work with people that are dying. Nothing clarifies a person’s priorities like knowing they are going to die. One thing becomes crystal clear. When you know you’re dying, it’s the relationships you will miss. As someone wise once said, “No one says on their deathbed, I …

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Spiritual Practice: Poetry

Those of you who are poets, or love to read poetry, already know that poetry is good for your soul. This post is for those who have not considered this connection. I am one of those people who never really “got” poetry. Most of it I find incomprehensible. But, when I have been guided through …

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Spiritual Practice: Assenting to Change

Most mornings I walk in the high desert. I’ve noticed that after one of our rare, intense rains, the landscape of the trail changes dramatically.  Large rocks, previously hidden, are uncovered. Smaller rocks, washed down slopes, make the trail tricky to navigate. In some places, fine sand washes down to cover the trail in a …

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Spiritual Practice: Cutting off Toxic Relationships

  How is breaking off a relationship a spiritual practice? Read on! Shouldn’t we all try to live at peace with one another? The answer is yes, of course we should. Yet, there are people and even institutions who don’t have your best interests at heart. They can actually become crippling to your soul, and …

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Spiritual Practice: Writing

Writing as a spiritual practice? Of course! Every religion has its writings. I remember when my spiritual director said that writing was a form of prayer. I was blown away. Anything done with intention toward God is a from of prayer. So, I’ve been pondering this question lately: Why do I write? And especially, why …

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Spiritual Practice: Sabbath Rest

  On Mondays, when I’m in the middle of my work day, I get a calendar reminder on my phone that says, “Tomorrow is your Sabbath.” The notification gives me great joy and peace knowing tomorrow I can rest. The word Sabbath means different things to different people. To my Jewish friends it comes from …

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Spiritual Practice: Displacement

  Have you ever been in a place where you are the only one who looked like you? Maybe you went somewhere you didn’t speak the language, or the food was unfamiliar, or the customs were confusing. What did it feel like to be in that place? What you experienced is called a displacement experience. …

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Spiritual Practices: for the Classroom

I was asked to translate some spiritual practices into non-spiritual language for classroom settings for a seminar at the Nevada Reading Week Conference. Since our beautiful conference got snowed out, I thought it would be fun to share those here, for you or your teacher friends to try! Mindfulness in the Classroom, by Jacci Turner …

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