During 2020 - 2021, people all over the world spent more time at home than ever before. Lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, virtual work arrangements, travel limitations, and more restrictions kept us in our houses, apartments, and trailers. This was an opportunity, which continues to this day: to discover how we can practice our spirituality at home. As Gunilla Norris writes in Sharing Silence:
"I want to remind myself and others that our homes can become sacred spaces, filled with life and meaning. We do not need cathedrals to remind ourselves to experience the sacred."
Think of all the time we spend in the different areas of our homes or apartments: the kitchen, dining room, living room, bathrooms, bedrooms, basement, closets, and elsewhere. Now consider our everyday activities there: eating, dressing, bathing, sleeping, crafts, games, hobbies. Remember those little things we may do regularly, such as lighting a candle for a special occasion or tending to the care of a pet or a houseplant. These all have spiritual meaning, and they can become a workshop for the spirit if approached with respect, creativity, and imagination. For example, we may think of chores as a bore but we can reframe such things as cleaning and taking out the trash as opportunities to do our share in mending the world.
This popular e-course in our "Practicing Spirituality" series consists of 40 daily emails. It offers practices, rituals, reminders, and prayers to help you bring more focus and intentionality to the ordinary things you do at home. We will share some of the attitudes and actions recommended by 40 of our favorite writers on this subject, including Sue Bender, Edward Hays, Alan Morinis, Pema Chodron, Brenda Peterson, Gary Thorp, Deng Ming-Dao, Donald Altman, Melannie Svoboda, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Brian Doyle, Anthony Lawlor, Drew Leder, Henri Nouwen, and many others.
Each day, you'll receive an email with a brief quotation and a suggestion for how to practice that thought as you go about your day in your home. Then, if you wish, you can share your responses to the quotes and your experiences with the practices in the e-course's Practice Circle, an online forum open 24/7.
To join us, click on "Subscribe to E-Course" below. 6 CEHs for chaplains available.