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Going on retreats, meditation, studying, discussing, being in awe, being surprised, silence, especially the silence of being in a blizzard, appreciating others and staring into the night sky on a clear night away from the lights of a city.
I was raised catholic but never fell like I understood much growing up. Then when my children were in religious education the Pastor at my church had the parents take a course in theology with him if it was a sacrament year. It was awesome, very down to earth and I really enjoyed it.
Years later I always found peace and comfort in mass going thru my divorce and also when my Mother died. I am also huge into nature hikes and being near the ocean has always been calming to me and now visiting this site also
Meditation has, alone as well as together; being together with my dear friends in joy as well as sharing difficult moments; when we cook together; The realm which sometimes opens up when listening to music or singing or playing; walking alongside the river when the sun rises and silently shines into my heart and soul; recently to studying a Sutra and its lecture on true mind together with other kindred friends; moments of stillness and of meeting .
There are several experiences that have shaped my spiritual life.
-Journaling. I have been writing since I was a little girl, I have a vivid memory of writing on my parents’ bedroom walls with a purple crayon. All my thoughts felt heavy, so I felt a sense of relief after writing all my feelings down. I never thought of journaling as a spiritual practice, It’s funny because I was telling my friend that I didn’t feel like I was a spiritual person, to which she replied “I think you’re one of the most spiritual people I know, especially when it comes to your writing”.
-Spending time in nature. One summer morning, I woke up at 5am with intense anxiety and decided to go for a hike. I have hiked with friends but never alone. After that day, I have visited 6 state parks and have felt more connected to myself and others after each trip. I haven’t been on recently since the weather has been gloomy, but this shall serve me as a reminder to keep up with habit
-Meditation. I attend a MBSR course back in October and it has opened my eyes to the power of mindfulness. To this day, I utilize some of the practices we learned, and interestingly enough, I just completed my 100th day of meditation today.
Admitting I did not know. That opened a space where an open enquiry could begin. It was looking to see what is (without filters) that has enabled this unfolding.
Meditation, absolutely, and therapy.
I don’t want to concentrate on the difficult situations I was in when I started, because these are things that happen in life and one or the other would have led me there anyway. I’m grateful for my friend that took me to my first meditation course, and I’m grateful for another friend (a therapist) that years ago knew I wasn’t okay and helped me to find a therapist. I don’t think the experiences themselves were as important as the help given to me by my loved ones for my spiritual life.
Mother Nature. Working with a wonderful group of Catholic Sisters, forward thinking and utterly kind. Masters’ degree at the seminary. From my early life onward, spending a lot of time outdoors. Music, in church and cathedral, at home and anywhere else, the heartbeat of my family.
As I think about this, it seems that
my spiritual life is a reaction, or a
form of catharsis that is mostly
a response to personal crisis.
This is why I am grateful for all
of my life experiences. My current
spiritual life allows me to see
the highs and lows, with more
Friends who share their spirituality like all of you here
Being out in nature
Understanding and seeing blessings
The kindness of others
Deaths and losses have probably had the most impact on my spiritual life. By their very nature they offer work to be done in the form of grieving, absorbing and learning. On a deep and fundamental level, they are forks in life’s road.
That I went to a CBT based addiction treatment center March 1 2022. That step in the right direction helped me to realize the spirituality I possess for the natural world which has provided my livelihood and entertainment. The journey of an alcohol free life has helped me to explore mindfulness, meditation and gratitude for what was always in front of me but clouded by my addiction. Thank you good folks, whom reflect here daily in support each other.
The birth of my children and grandchildren, as well as the death of my loved ones.
We had a question recently that was very similar to today’s question that prompted me to share my spiritual journey, which I was happy to do at that time. However, it’s not one that I roll out in assembly line fashion It is close to my heart, I know it is there, and that will suffice.
Kevin, My reaction to the question was the same.
I remember reading Edgar Cayce’s books on reincarnation – that was spiritual for me.
finding this website and practicing gratefulness everyday
ASMR and meditions
Interesting books it looks like
Gina Cerminara was the author, Many Mansions and The World Within I believe.
Growing up in church.
Going to college and getting outside of the bubble I grew up in.
Starting a meditation practice many years ago, but really getting into it in 2016.
Finding myself at a rock bottom, begging for guidance and finding a door open up to help change my life.
My yoga practice, particularly when I started my yoga teacher training and read the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
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