Begin Again

What do you do when you realize your spiritual practice has gotten sidetracked, again? I think the Buddhists have the best answer: you acknowledge it, you release it, and you begin again.

It helps if you can make some small but tangible changes, now.

Change the music in the car CD player. Start one of the books you’ve been meaning to read. Think about what you’re eating. Sit. Walk. Sleep.

I may not have been able to prevent getting sidetracked, getting distracted, having to deal with unpleasant situations and people in the mundane world. But what I wanted before is still what I want. I can give up, or I can begin again.

I begin again.

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.


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