Everyday Spirituality: A New Series

The garden has taken over. So it’s become a spiritual practice for me.

A few years ago, I wrote a book that carries the subtitle, Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life. That’s a book that continues to engage people and congregations. It’s about traditional spiritual practices — centering prayer, lectio divina, making the sign of the cross, etc. — and how to incorporate those practices in your day-to-day life.

But yesterday, as I was working in the garden, two things occurred to me:

  • The converse is also true: everyday practices can be deeply spiritual.
  • My everyday practices change a lot by the season.

For example, in the fall, I hunt, I work on the lawn, I chop wood. In the summer, I coach Little League and work in the garden. So I’m going to start a seasonal series about turning our everyday practices into spiritual practices.

As I do this, I would very much welcome guest posts. If you’re interested, you can contact me through my website. I’ll also be curating a Storify stream where you can share posts from your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, images, etc.

Join me, won’t you? Begin by telling me one thing you do in your everyday life that you’ve made spiritual.

  • http://www.mamabean.ca Mama Bean

    This is a post of mine from last year where I talk about weeding, and though I don’t say anything about God per se, I am drawing a spiritual line from the natural/mundane to the supernatural. I say “soul” so that counts, right? :)
    “I know how it feels to be pulled and pulled by the realities of motherhood, until I become untethered from the dirt of the Daily and the Mundane, and let go. It feels like sacrifice, it feels like being pulled from the earth, and it feels like love.” (It’s a long post, and the good stuff is at the bottom…)
    http://updatemystatus.blogspot.ca/2011/06/mama-bean-is-kindergardening-7.html

  • Kara Ammon

    In the summer I take my first cup of coffee out to sit in the sun on the front steps. I say, “Good morning” and listen, just listen for God.

    • http://tonyj.net Tony Jones

      That’s beautiful, Kara.

  • http://love2justice.wordpress.com joe davis

    I’ll be looking forward to this series! Reminds me of Barbara Brown Taylor’s book “An Altar in the World.”

    I also find myself in the garden fairly often, especially pulling weeds. But, I wouldn’t call it an everyday practice just yet. I can’t help but think of the parable of the weeds and wonder about how I can become so obsessive about “purity” and being able to clearly distinguish good from evil that I sometimes miss the point. On occasion, this line of thinking has had real consequences; as in, my neighbor has 2 or 3 less carrots growing than he should…

  • http://www.emergentkiwi.org.nz steve taylor

    Christine Sine has done a wonderful series on this. Here is mine on composting as spiritual practice – http://www.emergentkiwi.org.nz/archive/composting-as-a-spiritual-practice/

    steve

  • http://www.emergentkiwi.org.nz steve taylor
  • http://www.nateweatherly.com Nate W.

    Thanks for this series Rachel. Looking forward to it. My life has been deeply influenced by Many of Rob Bell’s writings. He is amazingly gifted to be able to paint a picture of a life lived in knowing that “Everything is Sacred.”

    I have a peace now to be in the midst of situations or people that I would have disagreed with in the past but now find myself feeling compassion and unity with them in our common search for God himself in the everyday.

    I believe tht the gospel is nothing less than th ability to live in and through faith that I am loved (and liked) just as I am. As our fears an ambitions and anxieties (based on a perceived need to “be more”) melt away God fills and acts within the space created. I can’t wait to hear more about what you and other find God doing within that sacred,everyday space!

  • Andrea T.

    I look forward to this series. I enjoy discussing exactly this topic with the people I counsel. People often hold certain practices as sacred, however can be unaware that they do so. I have been fascinated to notice that within my own life there have been things that have been spiritual practices for years, however, it has only been in the past few years that I have realized that is what they are. This year I have started changing some of my spiritual practices around a bit to experiment. For example, this summer, my meditation is written instead a non-doing sort of meditation. For the month of July, my spiritual practice has been to visit a different beach everyday. I have been reflecting on it’s impact and at the end of the month I will reflect in writing, on this practice. Everyday sacred.

  • http://godspace.wordpress.com Christine Sine

    I appreciate Steve Taylor mentioning the series that I hosted a couple of years ago on What is a Spiritual practice. http://godspace.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/what-is-a-spiritual-practice-the-series-so-far/ You may also like to check out the series that is running currently – Lord Teach Us To Pray http://godspace.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/lord-teach-us-to-pray-posts-so-far/ and Tony I would love to contribute a guest post if you are interested. Blessings on all you do

  • http://www.knightopia.com/blog Steve K.

    Tony, may I suggest you establish a hashtag for this as an easy way for us to tweet/Instagram ideas and suggestions to you? #everydayspirituality seems really long though … maybe #everyspirit ??? You name it. Just let us know what it is!


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