So, how's it going? Have you been doing your spiritual practice regularly? I'm not intending to heap guilt on you, just kind of curious. Your comments would be interesting here--for everyone to read.
I have switched my spiritual practice(s) this Lent away from specifically meditation to meditative things. I am reading fewer schlock mystery thriller novels, and more books that are based on spiritual pursuits. I am learning more about instruments that have not been my primary ones. And I have been acknowledging my body more and working to overcome some of the maladies that I have lived with for the past couple of years--with more verve and commitment than has been my history of late.
Sometimes these things do not feel like spiritual practices. They just seem like a part of my everyday life. But I am doing them with spiritual intention. That is, I am using these things to pursue the spiritual principles of faith, awareness, creativity and commitment. I am cursed with a focus on awareness, so I don't need to spend too much time on that. But the reading focuses me on the exploration of my faith through the explorations of others. The music focuses me on creativity and reminds me that creativity is not a fixed thing, but a process that makes something from nothing. And the focus on my body, as it always does, tests my commitment.
What I have found is that each supports the other, and since they are all zeroed in on my spiritual well-being, they are all elevating me to a greater sense of my connection with how I act spiritually. I also find that the more I put my mind to my spiritual well-being, the more compassion I feel for those around me, the more forgiving I feel for the wrongs that others do, and the more willing I am to let humility take a leading role in my life.
It is all very nice, actually. So how have you been doing? Has anything changed for you? Have you been doing a spiritual practice? How has it worked for you? IF not, what makes it hard for you? And how do you feed your spiritual side--you faith, your awareness, your creativity, your commitment?
Rev. Ben Fowler
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