Spiritual Practices

What’s the first thing to pop into your mind when you think of spiritual practices? Prayer? Someone sitting on a pillow meditating?

Spiritual practice can be anything you do regularly, which 

  • Brings you joy
  • Opens your mind
  • Gives you peace
  • Centers you in your core values

Evidence mounts that people with a spiritual practice live longer, build resilience, and handle change and conflict with more grace than those who do not. It’s optimal to develop a practice while life is relatively calm, but we may need to begin in a time of adversity, because self-care is important!

Some practices are done in solitude, while others require community. Some are primarily ‘in the head’ and quiet, while others take movement and being out in the world. I encourage you to check out our Adult RE Spiritual Practices Lab, January 8, 15, and 22, as Emersonians share their own spiritual practices in accessible ways.

  • January 8th: John Hammer and Brian Coolidge present body spiritual practices.
  • January 15th: Christel Collins and Katy Carpman present mind spiritual practices.
  • January 22nd: Sharon Willcutts and Dan Havel present soul spiritual practices through art.

Come explore your spiritual side with us this month–Room 205 at 10 AM.
You might find something you didn’t even know you were looking for!

Katy Carpman
Director of Religious Education