Travel Presence

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Whether you are doing a "staycation" this year in your backyard or going on a trip to a distant place, you can turn your journey into a pilgrimage with a few simple spiritual practices. Below are some we have used. For more, we invite you to sign up for our e-course "Transformative Travel: The Art of Finding Meaning on the Road with Phil Cousineau" at SpiritualityandPractice.com.The first day of our pilgrimage to the Holy Land a few years ago, our camera broke. Standing on the Mount of the … [Read more...]

Discovering Resilience or How I Learned to Fall Down Seven Times and Get Up Eight

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We have a guest blog this week from our friend James Kullander. He's leading a one-month e-course on "Mastering the Art of Resilience" starting next Monday, November 4, from our website SpiritualityandPractice.com. We're sure you'll understand why we invited to do this once you read about what he's learned about resilience through his own personal experience.In the late autumn of 2001 as I watched my former wife, Wanda, die of cancer, I felt so heartbroken that I was going to lose her and so … [Read more...]

The Hokey Pokey Is What It’s All About . . . and Other Signs in Daily Life

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It happens all the time. A song comes on the radio, and we hear a lyric in a new way. We notice an interesting sign while walking in the city – like "Look" at a crosswalk. We're paging through a book or browsing the Internet and a picture catches our eye. We pass a playground and remember a childhood game.What if these are signs? What if they are messages from the Divine?We talk a lot about spiritual literacy in this blog, and here's how we define it: "Spiritual literacy is the ability t … [Read more...]

Spiritual Practices for Hot Weather

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This is the fourth year in a row that we've seen record high temperatures in July in many parts of the United States. To the usual tips for staying cool (drink more water, stay in the shade, find an air-conditioned spot) we would add some spiritual ways of dealing with heat — tips from sages and seers who have lived through hot times.See Your Connection to the WeatherThe world-famous Catholic monk Thomas Merton sets the tone for our spiritual weather strategies in this passage from When t … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Value of Repetition and Routine

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Variety is the spice of life. We've been taught that by our consumer culture since we were very young. Think of all the movies in which immigrants experience for the first time the incredible diversity of brands in a supermarket. Our stores are stuffed with variations on the same things. All this feeds our need to constantly seek new foods, clothing styles, appliances, technological toys, and other objects of our desires.We are also programmed by our culture to look down upon the drudgery of … [Read more...]

Transition Times and Spaces

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One day it snows. The next day it's 50 degrees and people are filling the park down the street. Of course, we say, it's March, one of those transition times of the year when it's not quite winter and not quite spring. March always gets us thinking about other transition times and spaces.Our days are punctuated by transitions. For example, we go through three entrances and use three sets of keys to get into our home. First, we open the entrance to our building from the street and walk into a … [Read more...]

Learning to Be Content

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We've decided that a good goal for 2013 is contentment. We sure see plenty of discontentment around us. Our consumer culture runs on it! Advertising pitches are designed to make us always want something more, better, or different. Every day we face moments when we can choose to be happy and satisfied or we can fall into a pattern of discontentment.We eat breakfast and wonder why our usual cereal tastes bland. We listen with some jealousy as a friend describes her weekend activities when we … [Read more...]

Making Shopping Spiritual

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We are not big shoppers. If, as has been estimated, most Americans spend one hour a day shopping, then we fall well below the average. But there is something different about holiday shopping.We're shopping for gifts, not necessities, for one thing; we are encouraged to stretch and be creative. And being out and about with so many people is a wonderful reminder of our connections with others; it feels more like a communal experience. Finally, there is the beauty of the season and the … [Read more...]


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