In simple terms it refers to our connection and relationship with God. Whenever any human being experiences something bigger than himself, the traditional way of looking at that is, “this is God…” The whole idea of God is just that – anything bigger than you.
Prayer, meditation, scripture study, pondering and stillness are some of the spiritual practices that help us connect with the divine. In order to grow spiritually, it is important to begin some form of spiritual practice. Spiritual practices improve health, increase personal growth, strengthen relationships, and are the way to true self-actualization. When we engage in spiritual practice, there is more clarity, sense of steadiness, inner peace and joy.
A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious influence in his life came from his outspoken Christian friend. The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend’s sermons, but he heard them often.
One night the diver went to the indoor pool at the college he attended. The lights were all off, but as the pool had big skylights and the moon was bright, there was plenty of light to practice by.
The young man climbed up to the highest diving board and as he turned his back to the pool on the edge of the board and extended his arms out, he saw his shadow on the wall. The shadow of his body was in the shape of a cross.
As the young man stood, a maintenance man walked in and turned the lights on. The pool had been drained for repairs. The young man once again looked at the pool and also his shadow and found that it was time to dive into the divine.
- What are your spiritual practices?
- Do you feel that your spiritual practice contributes to your emotional and physical well-being?
“Our ideas of God tell us more about ourselves than about Him.”
– Thomas Merton.
- Prayer, meditation, scripture study, pondering and stillness are some of the spiritual practices that help us connect with the divine.
- When we engage in spiritual practice, there is more clarity, sense of steadiness, inner peace and joy.