“The idea of spiritual practices encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own spiritual development by spending time working on it, deliberating on its meaning and how best to pursue it, seeking to understand the sacred through reading and the counsel of others, and seeking to have contact with the sacred through personal reflection and prayer.” – Robert Wuthnow
Spiritual Practices for Unitarian Universalists
In order to deeply engage and find a personal connection with a concept, it can be helpful to use a journal to guide your contemplation over several sittings.
As we grow and change throughout our lives, the ways we move through the world change as well. Meditation that is based in movement and the power of motion brings us into the present and provides a meditative setting that connects body and mind.
We all hold the power of creation and creativity within us as human beings. We are each unique and therefore all of our ideas, motivations, and abilities are different and special. In this meditation, we will turn ourselves into creators and move beyond judgement to the creation of art.
This is a great spiritual practice for doing with children.
A common Buddhist prayer practice is the loving-kindness metta, in which one prays for their own release from suffering, for those they love, for those they may not know or love yet, and for the entire world. In our version of this practice, we invite you to particularly deepen your connections to this spiritual community with a preparatory journaling practice to guide your loving-kindness prayer.
In troubled times, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the future and our anticipation of events and forget to find the here and now. This is normal, common, and yet not ideal for our emotional and spiritual selves. When we feel this way, we can ground ourselves in nature and in the present with a simple meditative exercise.
In the Christian tradition, the practice of Lectio Divina, or the “divine reading” of holy text, comes from the Benedictine orders of monasticism and contain four parts, the reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation. Our adapted practice contains a similar format, which seeks to invoke the spirit and central idea of our chosen reading. At the core of the lectio divina practice, is the divine spark within each selection from a piece of writing, whether it be the Gospels, secular poetry, our own UU principles, a pagan invocation, or the prose of a gifted hip-hop artist.
Music and tonal chanting is used to connect with values and what is greater than ourselves in many faith traditions, including Buddhist, Islamic, and Hindu traditions. Try a practice we have adapted to resonate with the values of our UU faith.