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Friday, June 28, 2019

Start your spiritual practices as your own religion

For his Patheos blog, Wake Up Call: Insights & Musings to Stir Your Soul, Tom Rapsas offers "The Easy Guide to Starting Your Own Spiritual Practice". After describing Mirabai Starr's approach in her new book Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, he mentions Thomas Moore:
"In his classic book A Religion of One’s Own, Thomas Moore recommends that we take the idea of spiritual practice a step further and schedule our days like those of a monk. This means setting specific, simple tasks to accomplish, not just in the morning, but throughout the day. This both grounds us and reminds us that there is more to life than our daily chores or job."
Rapsas then quotes Moore's book:
"Instead of just letting your days unfold spontaneously or being at the mercy of an inflexible busy schedule with family and work, you might set up a few regular activities, like meditation before breakfast, listening to music before lunch, being quiet after 10 p.m., eating simply in the morning and taking a quiet walk afterward."
Rapsas includes his own list of five activities that he tries to do daily. The post contains different suggestions that may contribute to your own creation of spiritual practices, especially if you're “spiritual-but-not-religious”.