One Person’s Spiritual Journey:
"My spirituality seemed to appear by osmosis. I was convinced by the power of faith in the lives of people I knew well. No other proof was needed – I just believed. When a person I admired explained the essentiality of her spiritual journey in a clean, clear, and understandable way, it was easy for me to commit even more deeply. I struggled, though, with the organized part of religion, especially those rules and regulations which defined who was spiritual and who was not.
"To me, God is a personal friend whose tenderness and love are real. All of this is intensely deep and personal and therefore hard to explain in a way that truly captures its essence. However, whether or not I can describe my faith, I know God will stand close and hold my hand through whatever life brings."
Others Might Help Me On My Journey By:
§ Allowing me to reach my own spiritual goals in my own way, perhaps only providing a gentle structure for discipline.
§ Offering warmth and emotional support in times of spiritual crises or change.
§ Inviting and encouraging me to join with them in taking some risks, be they physical or interpersonal.
§ Being appreciative of my quiet behind-the-scenes work.
Common Stumbling Blocks:
§ Devaluing my own talents and gifts when contributing to my spiritual community.
§ Taking on too many good deeds for the welfare of others and overlooking my own needs in the process.
§ Keeping my opinions on spiritual matters to myself until my values are crossed--then watch out!
§ Not voicing how the actions of others have affected me, preferring to void disharmony.
§ Being the hands and feet of God in the world.
§ Living my life according to my values and beliefs as best I can.
§ Trusting that god has my best interest in mind, even in bad times.
§ Practicing devotion and humility in my own spiritual practices by not calling attention to my beliefs.
Paths For Renewal That May Feel Natural:
§ Seeking private time at home, in a garden, or with pets or animals where I can enjoy the wonder of living things.
§ Helping others learn about spiritual matters in simple, step-by-step terms that also allow me to internalize what I believe.
§ Joining a small group of close friends for prayer and spiritual focused conversation. Informal settings, perhaps in homes, with food and fellowship, make the gathering more special.
§ Learning opportunities that have a spiritual component, i.e., workshops or classes about parenting, getting organized, communication, marriage, etc.
Paths for Going Deeper:
§ Scheduling a lengthy time for solitude, either in nature or at a retreat center or considering a longer service opportunity where I can get to know people as we work together.
§ Memorizing meaningful passages from sacred texts, enrolling in classes that focus on the historical or logical aspects faith, or evaluating how formal doctrines fit with my personal values.
Trap: Going beyond my physical and/or emotional limits to be service to others.
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