Making Reading Sacred

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Lent is traditionally a season for reflection, revision, and renewal. It's a time when we set aside a little extra time for spiritual reading. We know that each year our Lenten e-courses, such as this year's Practicing Spirituality with Brian McLaren, are very popular because they focus on short readings perfect for daily meditation. Reading — whether a book, an article, or an email — is one of the ways we practice gratitude, meaning, hospitality, openness, and enthusiasm, and we commend … [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 Weather The world-famous Catholic monk Thomas Merton sets the tone for our spiritual weather strategies in this passage from … [Read more...]


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