Category Archives: spiritual formation

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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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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