It looks as though the summer blog series and learning party on What is a Spiritual Practice is off to a good start. I am certainly looking forward to all that we can learn together about how God speaks to us and how everyday experiences can deepen our relationship to God.
As well as the posts and comments already on this blog which I have listed at the end of this post, Beth Stedman posted this great reflection on Crying as a Spiritual Practice. I found it very thought provoking and intriguing and will definitely be meditating on her thoughts throughout the day.
For me crying is a spiritual practice, a spiritual experience that changes me and takes me closer to the heart of my Father. Allow me to explain and expand a little… To start with, understand that I’m not really the type who cries at the drop of a hat. You have to be a pretty close friend to have seen me cry as I usually only cry around people I feel really comfortable with. But, I do cry fairly regularly and when I cry I really cry. It usually starts with some little trigger and then grows until I’m crying about everything that I possibly could cry about.
But, there’s something that almost always happens at some point during my crying which I’m not sure is normal or not, maybe it shows my own weakness of faith, but almost always at some point my crying escalates and get’s turned on God. Suddenly it isn’t just about whatever it is I’m crying about, suddenly it’s about me and God and all my insecurities in my relationship with God. Read the entire blog post
I am still enlisting aid from friends and colleagues in this but already have a great line up for the next few weeks of bloggers from all over the world so I expect that we will get to hear some diverse and possibly challenging perspectives. As well as that the upcoming MSA Seed Sampler which will be published next week is on Writing as a Spiritual Discipline. It will include some interesting articles on blogging, twittering, journalling and writing prayers as spiritual disciplines.
If you would like to contribute a reflection or if there is an activity that you perform regularly that you would like to hear others comment on as a spiritual practice please let me know.
Check out reflections already on this blog: