Friday, June 3, 2016



+ Holiness is being aware that you are in the presence of God. That something else is happening, something numinous, trascendent, other. Something that partakes of life and death, good and evil (remember the two trees in the Garden of Eden). An object, a place, a time, a person, is holy because it evokes the presence of God. We cover our heads, remove our shoes, look away in reverence. Unlike some spiritual traditions that see the world divided ontolgically and irretrievably into sacred and profane, here we are told that, by our actions, we can realize the holiness in everything.
Lawrence Kushner in Five Cities of Refuge by Lawrence Kushner, David Mamet

+ Or we uncover our heads!  Christian men traditionally take their hats off in churches. 

Traditions differ but beyond all of the differences is that “shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions” as Brother Wayne Teasdale put it.  No one has an exclusive hold on Holiness.  We become more holy as we open ourselves up to the presence of God in every person, every creature, every culture, indeed everything that we encounter.

+ Holiness is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Holiness in their Search Engine and you come up with 460 items including 227 quotes, 168 books, 28 practices, 14 teachers, 12 arts links, 7 e-courses, 3 films and 1 blog as of 5/11/16.  Go to

+ The Body gets a lot of attention from Spirituality and Practice as you can see when you go to a link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

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

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to

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