Friday, September 3, 2021

Book Discussion - The Presence Of The Infinite, How do people practice their "spirituality"?

How do people practice their “spirituality”?

Everyone who has felt the power of truth, the kindness of goodness, or the loveliness of beauty has had an experience of spirit. The only reason such common yet profound experiences are not universally identified as spiritual is that our collective understanding of spiritual experience remains underdeveloped.

McIntosh, Steve. The Presence of the Infinite . Quest Books. P.2

People who report that they are “spiritual” but not “religious” usually have no articulate answer when asked what their statement means. What does it mean to say that one is “spiritual”?

It usually means that the person has some sort of apprehension of a Higher Power of some sort but this apprehension does not lead to any deliberate, purposeful, and intentional practice to cultivate more of the spiritual in their lives.

Steve McIntosh suggests in the passage above that people who seek the truth, do good things, and pause to savor beauty when they see it are practicing spirituality.

  1. What do you think of these ideas about seeking truth, doing good, and savoring beauty as being spiritual practices?

  2. When and how do you engage in these practices and what are the benefits you have experienced from doing so?

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