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Month: September 2017

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The Little Things

Often when we see a problem in the world that we cannot solve ourselves, we distance ourselves from it instead.  It’s not a malicious act, just one we consider to be practical in some way.  Reasonable. But for those immersed in the problem, are we even expected to solve it for them?  Is that what […]

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Better?

I aspire to evolve, to develop myself through my spiritual pursuits.  But this concept isn’t without its problematic aspects.  Exactly what do we envision when we are told to strive to become a higher or better version of ourselves? Having taken up social justice as a focus, I’ve been having more and more conversations with […]

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Spiritual Cartography

  It would seem logical that those who are seeking a path to follow would be more compelled to explore new spiritual experiences as a method of searching, and that those who are settled on a path would be less willing to explore.  And perhaps that’s generally the case.  But I find that now, as […]

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Crutches

I wonder often whether many people really think about what they need spirituality for, how it manifests in their life, or if they just pick a path and go through the motions because it’s part of our culture. I wonder often whether most people think about how much they expect spirituality to assist them in […]

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Let’s Get Together

I think an oft-ignored aspect of our spiritual lives is how our beliefs shape our choices, especially when it comes to careers or important hobbies.  And it’s not just that our beliefs preclude or encourage certain activities, though that is usually a factor.  It’s also a matter of groups of people with similar convictions spending […]

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Choosing Your Own Spiritual Adventure

As far as I’m concerned, there are very few things in life which must be done one particular way.  A “right” way rather than a “wrong” way.  There are “effective” ways and “efficient” ways and “preferred” ways, but there is very seldom one single objectively “right” way. Interestingly enough, there are usually a lot more […]

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When Ritual is Monotony

For whatever reason, I want to be a creature of habit.  I’ve always seemed to aspire to that ideal, trying to work some kind of task into my daily routine as a spiritual quest, or working out specific systems or routines for doing certain activities.  Perhaps it’s a psychological leftover from my childhood, from a […]