Spiritual Journeys

 Spiritual Journeys

Keywords: spiritual autobiography, life journey, life-span spiritual development
 
 

REFLECTING ON your life journey is a profound and deepening experience.

Ghandi, Augustine, Basho, al-Ghazālī, Black Elk, Thoreau, and Karen Armstrong are among the great spiritual thinkers who have shared their odysseys.  Some, like the eminent paleontologist philosopher Teilhard de Chardin, have posed large questions about these journeys: Are we human beings having a spiritual journey? Or are we spiritual beings having a human journey?

As a group, the MCWRET Board has journeyed together for almost 20 years. As in any spiritual endeavor, we have discovered the importance of doing work that is both outer and inner. We focus some of our efforts on our community, some on our interfaith group, and some on our individual lives and practices. The public arena is an appropriate place for some, but not all, of our work together.

Almost half of our core interfaith group has now shared the stories of their individual paths.Some experience their spiritual life as a personal quest or journey, often independent of a particular faith community. Others have cultivated and expressed their spirituality within a religious community. We are gaining a deeper sense of each other’s lives and our similarities and differences.

Individuals’ life journeys are never just their journeys. What is most deeply personal is also most universal. A few Board members have agreed to share their spiritual journeys in this section of the website as examples. The objective is to encourage interested individuals and interfaith groups to explore their own journeys.

In this section you will find: 

Some First Hand Reports 

 ● A Human Dialogue

Dr. Roshan Chaddha, Coordinator Emeritus

 ● My Wabi Sabi Spiritual Journey

Dr. Stevi Lischin, Co-Coordinator

          ● Not all Who Wander are Lost 

Dr. Robert Smith, Board Member   

   ● My Spiritual Journey to Who Am I ?    To Do All That Is Right

ClaraGee Kastner Stamaty Ziment,

Board Member

   ● Experiencing God’s Guidance, Protection, and Healing Power

Joanne Ivy Stankievich, Board Member

Some Resources on Spiritual Journeys 

● On Spiritual Autobiography: 

http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/00725127/student_view0/additional_material-999/spiritual_autobiography.html
 

 ● 13 Ways to Begin Your Writing: 

1. Spiritual Stepping Stones 

2. Dialogues with Spiritual Mentors 

3. Your Spiritual Geography or Landscape 

4. Objects that are your Spiritual Symbols 

5. Extensions (incorporating into your own life) of ideas/messages in lectures, seminars.     Reflections on readings that have had meaning for you.  

6. Spiritual Moments or Times in Your Life 

7. Letters to People Who have Inspired You (not necessarily mailed) 

8. Your Experience of a Sacred or Inspirational Place 

9. Your Reflection on a Fulfilling Act of Service you have Performed 

10. Your Spiritual Teachers and Sacred/Honored Relationships 

11. Seeing the Spirituality in  Family Events and Rituals 

12. Experiences of Community 

13. Spiritual Messages in Everyday Life 

From a MCWRET program presented by Drs. Stevi Lischin and Joyce Block
 

● 37 Spiritual Practices to Consider: 

Attention…….Beauty…….Being Present…….

 Compassion…….Connections…….Devotion…….Enthusiasm…….

Faith…….Forgiveness…….Grace…….Gratitude…….

Hope…….Hospitality…….Imagination…….Joy…….Justice…….

Kindness…….Listening…….Love…….Meaning…….Nurturing…….  Openness

Peace…….Play…….Questing…….

Reverence…….Shadow…….Silence…….Teachers…….Transformation…….

Unity…….Vision…….Wonder…….X-The Mystery…….Yearning…….You…….Zeal 

From  http://spiritualityandpractice.com

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