The final pathway of our series on growing an emotionally healthy spirituality is to go “the Next Step and Develop a Rule of Life.”
This discipline has been used in the church from some of its earliest times, but is perhaps most widely connected to life in monasteries and other intentional faith communities. Bottom line: They intentionally guide your growth towards God.
Need to be inspired to understand the power of a rule of life? Consider Mother Teresa.
Already practice a few spiritual practices? Use this reflection to help you think through changes.
All of this seem too much? How about focusing on one thing to do or one goal to keep in mind?
Finally, wondering what a rule of life in a community can look like for ‘normal’ people? Check out Awakening of Hope.
We’re entering the home stretch of our journey of discovering emotionally healthy spirituality. This week we learned from Jesus as he talked with a lawyer about who should be considered a “neighbour” as we love God and our neighbours. (Luke 10.25-37)
To be able to have an extended definition of “neighbour” is a sign of “Growing into an Emotionally Mature Adult” (the sixth pathway).
Here are a couple more modern day examples to inspire you: one from Brian and one from Sarah.
And here’s something to work through as a family.
By “Discovering the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath” we take another pathway to growing in our emotional and spiritual maturity.
Here are a just a few of the free online resources available for you to use to practice the Daily Office/Divine Hours:
Pray the Hours (choose your time zone to get the prayers for that hour)
Common Prayer (choose from the side menu which set of prayers you want to offer)
This discipline is meant to help you slow down throughout the day and take the time to commune with God. Read a little more about it.
Look forward to more on the Sabbath in a month or so!