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Wednesday, February 20, 2008
What are your favorite Spiritual Disciplines?
I've started the new (to me) spiritual discipline of lectio divina for personal spiritual formation in conjunction with a project related to grad school, and it made made realize how my spiritual disciplines are awfully mundane now that I've been introduced to so many throughout the church's 2000 year of history of them.

I wanted to see what are your favorite spiritual disciplines?

(If your interested in learning more--- Tony Jones wrote an AWESOME, down to earth, and helpful book/handbook I've been enjoying called "The Scared Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life".)

Which ones do you practice or enjoy?

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  • At 2/20/2008 09:19:00 PM, Blogger Robin M.

    I'm currently saying a prayer as I start to cook to help me make dinner as a mindful spiritual practice. (I'm still looking for better words.)

    I have just recently discovered the value of a spiritual examen conducted in a warm bath.

    But my favorite spiritual discipline of all time is allowing a small piece of fair trade dark chocolate to melt on my tongue while I try to be grateful for all the blessings, mixed and straight-up, in my life.

  • At 2/21/2008 12:20:00 PM, Blogger Jemila Kwon

    I'm so with you on all three, Robin.

  • At 2/21/2008 02:39:00 PM, Blogger Tammy

    As a Mom to two very small children, the most recent spiritual discipline I've discovered is none other than sleep. Me and my sleep-deprived self find it perfectly impossible to be calm and consistent and sometimes even kind. So it's back to the basics for me. Working to find more time to rest (including a sabbath which is incredibly hard with little ones) has definitely made my heart more open to God speaking. And hearing Him through the demands of a busy day.

    Another that really has saved my day has been a short, simple prayer before I even get up in the morning. "Lord, make me a blessing today" followed by "Your Will Be Done".

    And the chocolate thing... I might just have to add that one.

  • At 2/21/2008 06:15:00 PM, Blogger Erin Crisp

    Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton has been a good revitalizer of disciplines for me. Good stuff!

  • At 2/21/2008 07:00:00 PM, Blogger gree3

    two years ago, I did the celebration of dsciplines....what a wonderful class, meditation, gratitude and lectio divina are my focus. Of course study falls in their to. What a shame that we have let the disciplines fall by the wayside.

  • At 2/22/2008 11:29:00 AM, Anonymous april

    I recently finished the book Eat, Pray, Love just before traveling to India. If you read the book, it's organized into 108 short segments based on a string of 108 beads called japa malas. They have been used for centuries to assist devout Hindus in staying focused during prayerful meditation. As they are praying, they touch each bead and repeat their mantras. There is a lot of significance to the number 108 that I won't get into to, but in addition - each string of beads also has a 109th bead that sticks out from the rest of them. it's intended to cause the person to stop and thank God for their teachers.

    Anyway, while I was in India I purchased a set of these beads for myself (gasp! - what kind of Christian am I? :)) I've been experimenting with praying with them since being home and I am finding it to be SO helpful. Sometimes, I'll go through and pray for one person per bead. Other times, each bead will represent my own cries out to God. Beads are not new to Christianity (Catholics have figured this out long ago), but I've found that having something physical in my hands like this really helps me stay focused. And when I get to the 109th bead, I thank God for everything and finish my prayer.

  • At 2/22/2008 06:04:00 PM, Blogger Sensuous Wife

    I don't know if this would be considered a sacrament or a spiritual discipline. What comes to mind as I read is how footwashing can be such a powerful tool of reconcilation. To ask to wash the feet of someone who has offended you or you know you have offended.

  • At 2/24/2008 04:23:00 PM, Blogger wit4life

    Beads or knotted cord can be helpful to keep our minds from wandering. I have found this to be true too, but never tried it as a non Catholic.

    SLEEP! Care for the Body is very much a discipline. you bet 'cha!

    all very interesting.

    Ruth Barton's book was excellent to get into thinking of life differently. Especially to think of it rest and recuperation as much we it REALLY needs it. Our culture just simply isn't very organic (vs. mechanical) like that and gives proper respect to rest and solitude--getting away from noise and everything.

    Foot washing. I don't know why not. It seem like it gets things into proper perspective. I like that attitude and I wish more people thought that way. Great one. Thank you.

    I'm blessed to read these.

  • At 2/24/2008 10:23:00 PM, Blogger juniper

    I am perhaps the least disciplined person ever but I do make a discipline of rest. That is to say, I make sure I get it -- or try to anyway. I've hardly heard the voice of God more clearly than when I heard him say to leave the briefcase closed and go to bed.


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