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Featured What does spiritual practice mean to you?

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Conscious thoughts, Dec 10, 2019.

  1. Jim

    Jim Nets of Wonder

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    One way I think of my practice is learning to follow my spiritual teachers. Another way is practicing and promoting spiritual growth and community service as ways of helping to improve the lives of all people everywhere and helping to improve the world for future generations. Spiritual growth for me includes nurturing warm feelings and friendly intentions towards all of nature including all people everywhere. Community service includes helping with the spiritual education and training of children; and self-development that is consciously and specifically aimed at helping to improve the lives of all people everywhere and helping to improve the world for future generations.
     
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  2. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

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    Well in my life there are daily and regular actions that take place...

    Daily prayer for me is reciting the obligatory prayer after ablutions and facing the Holy Land;

    Reciting a prayer on rising in the morning and before resting in the evening...

    Bahá’í Prayers

    Exploring the Writings and sometimes composing responses;

    Bahá'í Library Online

    During the Fast praying during the time I would normally eat...around noon.

    The Bahá'í Fast

    Attending Feasts and Holy Days in my community and neighboring communities having fellowship and praying with them;

    Baha'i Feasts and Holy Days

    My daughter's marriage a few years ago was a "spiritual practice" as it was held on a lofty height among trees and friends;

    Marriages, Preserving Bahá'í

    One of the practices of a lifetime was going on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

    Home · Bahá’í Pilgrimage

    I think attending a Baha'i memorial service was a "spiritual practice" for me when a friend passed on in the last year:

    Burial, Baha'i

    Passing from this life to the next would be a spiritual practice.
     
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  3. Meerkat

    Meerkat Well-Known Member

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    For me it's about looking at things in a different way. Or trying to understand what's really there.
     
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  4. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि
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    For me, the focus on the expression 'neti neti' in meditation has been quite an effective practice.
     
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  5. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि
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    Who is "we?"
     
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  6. PearlSeeker

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    The classical trio: prayer, fast and charity.
     
  7. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Veteran Member

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    For me it is trying to understand why we are here, the purpose of this life.
     
  8. MonkeyFire

    MonkeyFire Well-Known Member

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    Since I was 6 maybe younger I had transient wisdom as a very powerful angel called FAITH with the power to tell nature has hope, and of the morality of the people wishing to receive it.
     
  9. osgart

    osgart Nothing my eye, Something for sure

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    It is my conviction that one does not change for the better if they are not willful to change. There is positive will, which is the desire. There is negative will, which is usually guilt.

    A sincere love of the change for the better enables a genuine spiritual practice.

    One must experience the meaning to embrace it. If I have no example, then I defer to imagining the meaning in action.

    Words are merely keys to bring attention to the concepts and meanings one desires for one's self.

    I keep a personal dictionary of key concepts and what they mean according to situations that could come up.

    There are easy situations and difficult situations to be sure.

    Understanding precedes acceptance. How can one attain to things without the understanding of them.

    Spiritual practice is putting your faith to action. Immediate gain and reward is not the goal. The fulfillment comes from actualizing your desire for the virtuous life. The fulfillment is in being the virtue on some level.

    When I truly desire peace and joy and fulfillment for others then I see my selfless motivations in action.

    When I desire these things for myself they are not in conflict with selfless motives.

    Usually the focus is on necessity of existence. When I am free of necessity I can focus on higher planes of spirituality.

    There is the necessary input , the processing of inputs, and then there is the manifestation of what I expose myself to. Being mindful of this I can locate my troubles and begin to strike balances. Eliminate bad inputs, rectify how I process things.

    Instead of racing to the ideal goal it is best to embrace where you are at in relation to where you want to be.

    Having a room in my house that is there for the sole purpose of self expression is key for me. I can run the gamut of feelings I have and just release all the emotions.

    That to me is spiritual practice.
     
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  10. 1213

    1213 Well-Known Member

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    To me it means for example this:

    Pure religion [religious worship] and undefiled before our God and Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
    James 1:27
     
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