Sunday, April 24, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 119

This is the daily exploration for Thursday, April 28, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF SOLITUDE


+ Here is an excerpt from the Spirituality & Practice book review of The Wonders of Solitude : “This volume offers 300 quotations compiled and edited by Dale Salwak. There are chapters on a noisy world, discovery, inspiration, the natural world, places of solitude, and the power of silence. Erica Jong notes, ‘The most important education you get is on your own--the one you learn in solitude.’ There is Mother Teresa who believes ‘God is the friend of silence.’ And Herman Hesse counsels us, ‘Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.’ This volume is a treasure trove of wisdom about the benefits and blessings of solitude.” -- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

+ God is definitely doing a “new thing,” “making all things new,” creating “new heavens and a new earth.” So, it is imperative for those of us who want to do God’s will, to discern this new thing and commit to making it happen.  The practice of Solitude is very important , indeed essential. 

You have a very important part to play in this discernment process.  In solitude you make discoveries and get important ideas.  Bring your discoveries and ideas to a community of faith which shares your values.  If your community of faith does indeed share your values, they will listen to you and you will listen to them.  The sharing of the fruits of our solitude is creating the new earth. 

+ Spirituality & Practice offers many more resources on the spiritual practice of Solitude.

+ Spirituality & Practice offers many resources on the related spiritual practice of Questing and a Twelves Gallery of Memes on QuestingThe meme above comes from that gallery.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Solitude Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Solitude” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

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