Spiritual practices are those activities that shape us over time, that alter our consciousness over time, that bring us greater authenticity, integrity, compassion, and wisdom over time. They may be familiar practices, ones we recognize from religious traditions all over the world. They may also be personalized. Activities like bicycling, dream journaling, swimming, various kinds of perceptive meditation, hiking, dishwashing…the list is endless.And practice is also how we move in the world. How we enact our discerned choices. How we live our values. And that movement, because we choose it over and over again over time, is practice.
Practice requires both gentleness and discipline. It requires the discipline to come to the altar, as it were, over and over. It requires the gentleness not to berate ourselves when we fall away. The discipline to return to the mountain. The gentleness to have compassion for ourselves when we fall down.
The point is that we make ourselves available to be changed over time. We make ourselves available to the Flow. We hope to align ourselves with the Divine.
The Rev. Dr. A. Powell Davies said, “Life is just the chance to grow a soul.” Our class will consider this quotation in the context of spiritual practice. Cultivation in the garden of souls, as it were. Some practices for the sun on the plants, some for amending the soil. Some for pruning and weeding, and some for leaning back and enjoying the fruits of our labors. Read more…