What does spirituality mean to you?
LB: Spirituality for me is the deep personal connection an individual has with God (or the Divine presence). It goes beyond the ritual or formal aspects of religion and is the deeply personal relationship and interaction that comes from our connection to our Creator.
How do you practice your spirituality on a daily basis?
LB: I am a huge fan of song - despite being a less than awesome singer myself. Lately I have started the spiritual practice of picking a hymn or other song for the day and posting it to Facebook. I listen to the song each morning like a prayer and reflect on why that song resonated with me. In other seasons of life, I have been a "journaler," writing my prayers in a journal, and also my reflections on where I’ve found God that day.
Have you learned anything about yourself through this/these practice(s)?
LB: That I’m impatient! But more than that, I have seen the pattern of God moving in my life, especially when I can look over several months or even years. There are times when I’m so in the thick of a struggle or buried with work that I’m not alert to God’s presence in my midst. But when I can zoom out and look at those moments from a bird’s eye view, I see God has been there the whole time. As Soren Kierkegaard said, “Life can only be understood looking backward, but must be lived looking forward.”
In what ways do you believe practicing spirituality connects us with something greater than ourselves?
LB: Spirituality is about cultivating relationship - with yourself and God. It means taking a practice and allowing it to bring meaning into your life. If you have a practice that you hate, then you’re resistant to the relationship. But if you find a practice that brings you joy or peace, then you will be open to hear the whispering of God, or to see the ways God has been moving in your life.