Thursday, August 06, 2009

Quote, Ritual and Nature

"Authentic spirituality awakens the soul, reconnects us with the sacred, and fills us with the passion of life. Spiritual development is not about religious rituals and practices; it is about waking up to the wonder of life." -- David N. Elkins

I'm a devotee of the "wonder of life," but I think there's something to be gained from rituals of all sorts.

I was reading "World of Pies" today and Karen Stolz paints a wonderful picture in that book of the rituals the family goes through. She uses that concept masterfully to carry us from one part of their lives to another.

It's like that in real life, too. Rituals keep us grounded so we can move forward without losing our history.

Few things make me feel more spiritual than nature. All the great religious leaders go to the woods at some point, so I think they needed that connection too. It's universal.

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