Category Archives: spiritual formation

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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Spiritual Practice: Fasting

  To fast is to step away from something you normally do for a span of time, in order to pray, or free up time, or cleanse your body or soul. I’ve tried many kinds of fasting over the years. I’m not good at it, but I keep trying, which I guess it important. Here …

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Spiritual Practice: Journaling

I always say I’m not a journaler, but I just typed an update on the computer in a journal file that I’ve kept faithfully since 2009. And, if you dug around in the recesses of my basement, you’d come across boxes of notebooks I’ve been writing in since 1977. So, am I a journaler? I …

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Spiritual Practice: Quaker Clearness Committee

Last time we talked about discernment using the Ignatian method of Examen over a period of time, looking for themes of joy and life to guide us to our true selves. This week I will discuss bringing a discernment question to a group in a Quaker Clearness Committee. In the same way that you don’t …

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Spiritual Practice: Ignatian Discernment

Looking back over my blogs I’ve noticed that many of them have to do with discernment about big changes in my life. We all have to face these kinds of questions. Is it time to end a relationship, change a job, retire, switch majors in college? How do we go about making a thoughtful decision? …

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Spiritual Practices: Gratitude

  I’ve always been a pretty happy person. I like my life, like my eggs, sunny side up. But I was stopped in my tracks by a line I read in the fantastic book, “The Return of the Prodigal Son,” by Henri J.M. Nouwen. “Resentment and gratitude cannot co-exist, since resentment blocks the perception and …

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Spiritual Practice: Gospel Contemplation

  This series of spiritual practices is in celebration of my book release: The Retreat: A Tale of Spiritual Awakening now available wherever eBooks are sold! We previously tried the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina and today we will begin Gospel Contemplation. The two are similar but not the same. Gospel Contemplation comes to us …

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Spiritual Practice: Visio Divina

  We are nearing the end of our series on Spiritual Practices. I wanted to do this series to lead up to the promotion of my new book: The Retreat: A Tale of Spiritual Awakening which is now available wherever eBooks are sold. Today we will talk about Visio Divina (Latin: Divine Seeing). It is …

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