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Alphabet of Practices

Alphabet of Practices

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ATTENTION
Meditation, mindulness,
 gathas 
,concentration exercises, walkingmeditation, descriptive writing,contemplative art, sel-witnessing
Spiritual practices connect us with our true selves, ourneighbors, our world, and our Source. Tis alphabet is amap o the paths we use to make those vital connections.Here we share 37 main routes — orms o practice thatare markers o the spiritual lie in all the world’s religions.Under them, you’ll nd the tried-and-true practices such
BEAuTy
Living simply, clearing clutter, nature walks, ikebana, tea ceremony 
The
 
 A 
lphabet
COmpASSION
Lovingkindness medita-tion,
tonglen
, empathy,visiting the sick, serviceto the poor and suering
of
Enrich your life with 37 practices from the world’s religions.
as prayer (Devotion) and meditation (Attention), as wellas things like optimism (Hope) that become spiritual prac-tices through our intentions.
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BEINg prESENT
Living in the present moment, haiku,ree intuitive writing, gardening
CONNECTIONS
Honoring ancestors andthe communion o saints, home shrines,kinship with animals,dedication to all beingsand uture generations
DEvOTION
Prayer, prayer circles, mantras,
zikr 
or remembrance o God,Bhakti yoga, chanting, prayer dancing, icons, prayer beads,altars, prayer ags and wheels, amulets,
milagros 
 
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by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat,
ractices
piritual
P
ENTHuSIASm
Spiritual mentors, emulation o saints, singing hymns, praise andgospel music
FAITH
alking to God, God box, prostrationand surrender, trust exercises, personalcreeds, examen o consciousness,participation in a religious community,sacraments, sharing sacred stories
FOrgIvENESS
Letting go, conession o sins, repen-tance, reconciliation, “Passing the Peace”
grACE
 Acceptance o God’s love, watching orgits, reading spiritual memoirs andbiographies, awareness o synchronicities,git o tears, lighting candles
grATITuDE
Gratitude journals, Naikan, blessings,greeting the dawn, mealtime graces,oerings
HOpE
 Afrmations, patience, optimism,sacred activism
HOSpITAlITy
Inter-religious dialogue, welcoming andafrming sacred spaces, embrace o strangers andminorities, table ellowship, greeting gestures
ImAgINATION
Creativity, storytelling, dream work, imag-ery exercises, music, brushwork, writing,divination to connect with inner wisdom
 
 
JOy
Celebrations, dancing,drumming, singing,laughter, smiling,rejoicing in another’sgood ortune
JuSTICE
Prophetic testimony, marches,vigils, petitions, community service, political action, money stewardship, socially responsibleinvesting
KINDNESS
Generosity, charity,
adab
, good manners, civility, doing no harm, rightspeech, encouraging others, avoiding ego attachments, the Giveaway 
lISTENINg
Discernment o God’smessages, Lectio Divina,spiritual direction, deeplistening, intuition, con-science, council circles,Clearness Committee
lOvE
Heart-opening exercises, examen o conscious-ness and conscience, intimate relationships,amily, parenthood, riendship
mEANINg
Keeping journals, sacred text study, lielong learning,study groups, Ethical Wills, personal prayer and quota-tion books

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