Thinking Outside the Church: 110 Ways to Connect with Your Spiritual Nature

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2004 - Religion - 306 pages
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Thinking Outside the Church examines 100 ways people connect with their spirituality. It does not seek to supplant the religious feeling many people experience inside a church, but seeks instead to supplement that experience by suggesting a more expansive view of spirituality. In this view, the world and our activities outside the church are also seen as the sites and rites of worship and spiritual practice, as ways of connecting with our personal vision or version of the sacred.From art, nature, and dreams to dancing, traveling, and parenting, Jennifer Leigh Selig points readers toward the potential and the power present in diverse pathways that may not traditionally be seen as religious or spiritual. In addition to her own thoughtful introductions, Selig collects quotes that span cultures, time periods, religions, and wisdom traditions, each testifying to the universality of seeking the spiritual by Thinking Outside the Church.

Thinking Outside the Church examines 100 ways people connect with their spirituality. It does not seek to supplant the religious feeling many people experience inside a church, but seeks instead to supplement that experience by suggesting a more expansive view of spirituality. In this view, the world and our activities outside the church are also seen as the sites and rites of worship and spiritual practice, as ways of connecting with our personal vision or version of the sacred.From art, nature, and dreams to dancing, traveling, and parenting, Jennifer Leigh Selig points readers toward the potential and the power present in diverse pathways that may not traditionally be seen as religious or spiritual. In addition to her own thoughtful introductions, Selig collects quotes that span cultures, time periods, religions, and wisdom traditions, each testifying to the universality of seeking the spiritual by Thinking Outside the Church.

 

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Contents

Celebrating
2
Cooking and Dining
4
Daily Living
8
Dancing
11
Doing
14
Flying
16
Gardening
19
Giving
21
Nature
150
Night
153
Science
155
The Seasons
157
The Sky and Its Bodies
162
Trees and Forests
167
Water and Its Bodies
170
PEOPLE
177

Healing
23
Laughing
26
Learning and Education
28
Making Love
31
Meditating
34
Parenting
36
Playing Sports
39
Praying
41
Reading
44
Sleeping
46
Speaking
49
Studying Religions
52
Teaching
54
Traveling
57
Visioning and Dreaming
59
Walking
61
Working
64
Worshipping
67
Writing
69
Adversity and Suffering
74
Aging
76
Becoming
79
Believing
81
Chaos
83
Contemplating Eternity
86
Desire
89
Dreaming
91
Dying
93
Enjoying Small Pleasures
96
Gifts and Talents
98
Grace
100
The Heart
103
Intuition
105
Letting Go
108
Living
110
Losing Ourselves
113
Marriage
115
Miracles
118
Mystery
120
Pregnancy and Birth
123
Recognizing the Divine in Everything
126
The Spirit Within
129
Stillness
131
Unity Consciousness
134
THE NATURAL WORLD
137
Animals
138
Day
140
The Earth
143
Flowers
145
Mountains
148
Babies
178
Children
180
Community
182
Family
185
Friends
188
Spirit Guides
191
THE SENSUAL WORLD
195
Art
196
Beauty
199
The Body
201
Color
203
Food and Wine
206
Music and Singing
209
Poetry
214
Scent
216
Seeing
219
Sounds
221
STATES OF BEING
225
Being Attentive
226
Being Awake
228
Being Childlike
231
Being Daring
234
Being Grateful
236
Being Inspired
238
Beingjoyful
241
Being on Purpose
243
Being Present
246
Being Reverent
248
Being Silent
251
Being Unique
254
VALUES
257
Charity
258
Compassion
260
Faith
262
Forgiveness
265
Happiness
268
Home
270
Hope
273
Humility
275
Kindness
277
Listening
280
Love
282
Questioning
289
Service
291
Simplicity
294
Solitude
297
Truth
299
Understanding
302
Wonder
304
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Jennifer Leigh Selig is the author of What Now?: Words of Wisdom for Life After Graduation, the resulting AMP mini book What Now?, and Reach for the Stars, an exploration of the power the stars have over our dreams and imaginings. In addition to writing, she has found both teaching and learning are some of her main methods for connecting with her spiritual nature. She has taught high school English for 16 years and recently earned her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology

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