Where Did it Come From?

Today, pay attention to everything you buy or consume.  Do research on just five of those items and go as deep as you can to trace where it comes from.  For instance, if you buy a shirt and you see it is made by Gap in Vietnam, find out as much as possible about the [Read More...]

Don a Habit

So much of our life is complicated and it is often made so because of our attempts to manipulate others.  A habit–a standard way of dressing in a simple way is a way beyond all of this.  For a week or two find a couple of standard, versatile outfits and wear them over and over. [Read More...]

Rest Day

We sometimes need rest, even from the work of spiritual disciplines.  Athletes know that to get stronger and faster we have to have a balance of effort and rest, but does not the same happen for the spiritual life?  Today, don’t try to do anything to achieve Christlikeness.  Don’t read your bible, spend special time [Read More...]

Dress to (Not) Impress

Power ties, expensive purses–we have many ways to dress to impress.  In doing so we are making an effort at a certain kind of coercion.  We are demanding that others look at us, that people see us in a certain way.  This of course can take many forms.  For some, dressing like someone straight from [Read More...]

Have Two, Give One

Mark Scandretti, in his wonderful book, Practicing the Way of Jesus introduces an exercise called Have2Give1.  This exercise follows the teaching of Jesus in Luke 3:11 that for those who have two of something, they should share with the one who has none.  Look through your belongings and find the things you have two of, [Read More...]

Clear Away

The clutter of our stuff often reflects the clutter of our souls.  Clear your stuff away to create space for God.  Begin with one shelf, one desk, one cabinet or closet. [Read more...]

Farming as a Spiritual Discipline

We need practices that help us embody the kinds of virtues to which Christ calls us.  Farming is one hands-on practice through which we can gain these virtues because farming calls us to recognize our limits and our most basic dependence on God. Today, be a farmer.  You don’t have to have fifty acres or [Read More...]

Statio

Monastics have a practice called statio that they use as a tool to be mindful and attentive in everything they do.  Statio is simply stopping one thing before beginning another.  In its negative formulation, this means no multitasking.  Each task, each conversation, each dish washed is completed as a singular event.  One key to practicing [Read More...]

Buy Nothing

As much as possible today, buy nothing.  Try to be satisfied fully in what you have. [Read more...]

Conscious Eating

Instead of simply giving thanks for your food at the beginning of the meal, give thanks with each bite.  Try to eat everything with complete consciousness of what you are eating and the processes through which the food went to arrive at your plate.  For each mouthful of food, chew slowly. [Read more...]