Spiritual Practices

Spiritual Practices is our Whole Souul Living Theme for October. And because we are Unitarian Universalists, some definition is in order. The word spiritual comes from the Latin spirare, the breath. Later this became, spiritus, meaning, "the animating or vital principle in man and animals: soul, courage, breath, or vigor.” Many people consider the spiritual to be supernatural, but with the definition above and respecting our pluralism, it could be either. For our purposes, we will treat Spiritual Practices as those things we do to grow our sense of being alive, animated, soulful, and courageous. Common spiritual practices include prayer, meditation, study, community, art, dialogue, music, yoga, nature, justice work, and many more. True to our particular tradition, we will assume that there are as many paths of spirit as there are people.

  • What activities make you feel more alive, courageous, animated, soulful?
  • Do you pursue or practice those activities with intention? Why or why not? What has been your experience with intentional spiritual practices? Share this with someone at First Unitarian.
  • Do the people you know who seem to be most alive, courageous, animated, and soulful have intentional spiritual practices? In your observation, are these people disciplined, just lucky, or something else?
  • How would you teach or help a child to feel more alive, courageous, animated, or soulful?