“Spirituality can… be defined as the art of being a part of something bigger than yourself.” Lupa
This year, as part of our mission to Deepen our Spirits, we are offering a new blog Going Deeper: Spiritual Practices. Each month we will focus on a particular practice such as meditation or an element such as fire.
(It will be posted here temporarily, but will migrate to the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga website in a month or so).
Spiritual practices can help us learn this art- as Lupa says – of being part of the whole. Spiritual practices are ritualized acts intended to help you expand beyond yourself and experience the whole. They are about sensing – however fleetingly – the totality of all that is, whether for you that is the universe or the divine. It is about experiencing the connection between the self and the whole.
In the Unitarian Universalist understanding, spirit refer to the wholeness of the self – the sum of emotion, body, and mind which is more than its parts. From the Latin spiritus, the word spirit is linked with air and breath: felt but not seen, intangible yet essential, ephemeral yet connects us to one another. Spiritual practice develops our ability to experience the sense of belonging and wholeness that is at the root of our tradition. It is not easy to experience this sense, and it is always brief, but regular practice helps create the pathways that bring us closer to the intangible. Regular practices help people become more resilient, experience comfort and peace, and cultivate new understandings.
Every Wednesday a new activity will be posted. We will experiment with activities from other world religions as well as some unique to Unitarian Universalism. Each activity will only take from 5 to 15 minutes. You can choose to do these practices daily for a week, or try it just once. Some are to be done with the whole family, others are solitary. If one resonates with you, repeat it. This is the year to experiment to find a practice that works for you. Try finding a regular time to practice, first thing in the morning or last thing at night, or perhaps after work as you transition into home life.
A Spiritual Journey
And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.
A special thank you to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham, in Brooklin, Ontario, where this year of spiritual practices was originally created.