Category Archives: spiritual formation

Spiritual Practice: Soul Care

I’m writing over at Me-At-Last today about Soul Care. This applies to all ages. Start here then head over! Soul Care What comes to mind when you think about caring for your soul? In ancient wisdom, the soul is made up of three distinct parts: The Body, The Mind, and The Spirit. Therefore, caring for …

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Spiritual Practice: Rule of Life

  When I hear the word “rule” the rebel in me instantly reacts. Most of us can’t keep a New Year’s Resolution, let alone a list of rules to live by. But a Rule of Life is not about making a list of rules, it’s more about discovering what is important to you and building …

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Spiritual Practice: Giving a Blessing

Words are powerful. We see it every day when someone uses the wrong word on social media and a career is over, or a relationship, or… The wrong words can inflame a nation to war, but the right words can move a people to peace. Recently I ran into a familiar face during my yoga …

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Spiritual Practice: Looking for God’s Light

All of the world’s major religions share the idea of divine light. In a Christian worldview the Bible is full of references to light. Jesus said, “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.” Matthew 5:16 The Message The founder of the Quakers, George Fox spoke of, “reliance on the inward …

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Spiritual Practice: Thin Places

  Have you ever encountered a place where heaven/God felt particularly near? I think of these as “thin” places. For me, I feel that groves of giant redwood trees are thin places where the Holy feels practically near. I’ve had the same experience sitting on a rock while ocean waves crash around me. I’ve also …

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Spiritual Practice: Grieving

  Grieving is a spiritual practice? I believe it is and it’s one we often try to cut short, but it’s time to reevaluate grieving, it’s time to give it it’s due. I mean, even Jesus wept. I’ve learned a lot about grief, personally and in my work as a hospice counselor. I guess if …

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Spiritual Practice: Walking

  How can something as simple as walking be a spiritual practice? Actually, any kind of exercise: walking, running, or hiking, can be a spiritual practice when it is done without the distractions of talking or music, and when done with intention to listening to the Spirit, nature, and the wisdom of the body. Or, …

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Spiritual Practice: The Enneagram

  When first exposed to the Enneagram, many think it is just another personality test, like the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator. They might find an online test and take it, looking at the nine Enneagram numbers and trying to decide which one they are. But the Enneagram is much deeper than that. It is an …

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Spiritual Practice: Reading

  Sometimes the best spiritual practices are the ones that we don’t even notice because we do them naturally. Reading is like that for me, although I was a reluctant reader as a child. One day my best friend, Julia, introduced me to “horse books.” It was all I needed to become a lifelong lover …

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Spiritual Practice: Hospitality

Well, I failed miserably with the fasting practice I chose for the last two weeks; I just completely forgot about it. I guess that happens sometimes, life encroaches and then there was Harry Potter World, and butter bear, and the beach… but, anyway, it’s all about grace, right? This week I wanted to talk about …

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