Your first Spiritual Exercise is finished, you say? Ready for more?
Each month, in our Spirit in Practice (SiP) Circles, we invite all of us to put our spiritual lives and our inner voices at the forefront of our days. There are many, many things that compete for our attention. But the soul, as Quaker Parker Palmer describes it, is like a wild animal. It is only when you stop and find a stillness that the soul emerges. Our monthly spiritual exercise reminds us to stop, find a stillness, and listen to the still, small voice within.
Engage our spiritual exercises this month as we explore the theme of Citizens.
Each week we will post a spiritual exercise. In each exercise, we are using a new version of the word “good.” Good meaning not solely selfish and not solely unselfish. Good meaning that I am for myself and I am for others. Will we engage in acts that benefit our goodness as well as the larger good?
Exercise: Being a “Good” Country
Watch Simon Anholt’s 17-minute Tedtalk: What country does the most good for the world?
Visit The Good Country Index and look around. You’ll be surprised what country comes in at #1 for being a good country. Anholt addresses the meaning of citizenship in an interconnected and interdependent world. Being a citizen in the 21st century means shaping our country so that it is working for the “good” of other countries. After watching the video, you’ll go to sleep tonight thinking, “Gosh, I’m so glad that Ireland exists.” And not just for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Deeper Dive Resources: The Deeper Dive is a way for you to reflect and connect. Listen within for which quote and question hooks you. Or draws you in. Then, consider meeting up with a few friends or joining a SiP Circle to sit with the questions and head others’ responses.
Consider how we are citizens speaking on behalf of our Earth with this OnBeing interview with Joanna Macy, a philosopher.
- Question: How do you think we, as citizens, can seek good for ourselves and for others? How do you think we, as consumers, can seek good for ourselves and for others? Are the two at cross-purposes?
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