Ways of practicing Meaning include keeping journals, sacred text study, lifelong learning, study groups, Ethical Wills, personal prayer and quotation books, and the specific practices below.
Big Things/Small Things by Kristin Ritzau recommends a practice from Michelle November to help children have perspective.
Bless This Symbol by Tom Cowan encourages us to be mindful of how our work pleases God.
Create a Mission Statement by Habib Todd Boerger suggests a way to apply the wisdom of Matthew Fox and His Holiness the Dalai Lama on living and working with meaning.
Create an Ethical Will by Habib Todd Boerger urges us to follow the advice of Frances Sheridan Goulart and Barry K. Baines to pass on generational values and wisdom.
Exploring Meaning by Frederic and Mary Brussat presents ideas for opening to receive understanding.
Five Hardest Questions in Fearless Dialogues by Gregory C. Ellison II offers a sequence for asking five soul-satisfying but challenging questions.
God’s Silent Partners by Terry A. Bookman gives his perspective on becoming an agent of divine purpose.
Light: The Eternal in Time by Drew Leder helps us understand the nature of light.
Mindful Use by Ethan Nichtern motivates questioning our consumption choices every day.
Raising Questions by Brother David Steindl-Rast directs us to freedom through raising questions.
Serve Those in Need by Bernie S. Siegel offers a key to living a satisfying life.
Spiritual Legacy by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush explores the value of passing on the story of your life.
Start a Tradition With a Friend by Alan Epstein encourages us to use little remembrances and benchmarks to define and celebrate what we are to each other.
We Have to Work by David Kundtz provides questions to help us find more fulfillment in our jobs.
Write Your Own Obituary by Arjuna Ardagh describes a method for living the way you want to be remembered.
SPECIAL PROJECT: Make your own Book of Meaning. In a blank notebook, copy quotes that speak to your understanding of yourself, the world, and God. Paste in photographs that touch your soul, adding captions about what the image says to you. Get in the habit of regularly writing in your book "spiritual readings" of your relationships, work, body, hobbies, and current events. Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, the editors of this website, contains more than 650 short excerpts, collected from a wide variety of sources, that reveal a spiritual perspective on everyday life. Reading them will be particularly helpful training sessions for this special project in making meanings.
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