We need to find God, and [God] cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence… ” – Mother Teresa
“…he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.” – Luke 5:16
Spiritual practices are how people connect with God in practical ways. They also have significant mental health benefits: they make us happier and more compassionate.
Throughout history humans have connected with God through religious and spiritual practices. In some ancient traditions this meant offering sacrifices of crops and livestock, asking god or gods to ensure good health and well-being. In other traditions one could connect with God by making requests through designated religious leaders. In the Buddhist tradition one connects to a higher power by looking within oneself by practicing mindfulness and meditation.
Modern day spirituality encompasses versions of these practices through prayer and meditation, fasting, studying sacred texts, worship, and sacrificing some of what we own for the care and well-being of those in need.
A great resource to learn more about these practices is called the “Tree of Contemplative Practices.” This resource is an extensive list of types of practices, background on what they are, and short tutorials on how to use them.
Choose a spiritual practice to adopt and explore for the next week. At the end of the week reflect on what benefits (if any) this practice provided.
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