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Does Faith Make You Healthier?

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In The Wall Street Journal's Houses of Worship column, Ari Schulman writes that social scientists tout the benefits of belief. But religious faith is about more than 'happiness.'

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, August 10, 2013 9:27 AM

People who have a faith practice are happier and more optimistic than those who do not. Interesting research.

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The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy - Spirituality and Practice

The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy

spiritual practices from all traditions . . . the letters to know to read the world spiritually and to spell meaning in daily life


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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 12, 2013 12:34 AM

This is a really cool resource! The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacycreated by  Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat is a list of beautiful words which are actually spiritual practices from A to Z from all traditions. In the right column, each word has its own explanation with quotations, stories, books, book excerpts, film, music, art, spiritual exercises, etc. Blessings! Amy Fuller PhD

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7 Sneaky Places To Meditate

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With your inbox overflowing and your to-do list trailing behind you like a tall, dark shadow, you might be prone to defending your time. But the truth is that we could all benefit from breaking up our busy days with a short meditation session.

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American Institute Health Care Professionals's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:57 AM

#howtomeditatedaily #learntomeditateanywhere #traininginmeditation

Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 19, 2013 12:16 AM

The practice of meditative and contempative prayer is one we carry with us throughout the day...this article suggests 7 "sneaky places" to reconnect with ourselves and our creator. Although it's not mentioned as one of these sneaky places, one of my favorite places to reconnect is in the bathtub...a daily baptismal routine :) 



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Breath Prayers

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Richard Foster in his book, Prayer, refers to this kind of meditative prayer as “prayer of the heart” (p. 141). Quiet, reflective prayers are a way to overcome the mind’s tendency to wander and get distracted.  It’s a way to increase your consciousness and appreciation of God’s presence.  It’s a way to “let the word of Christ dwell in your richly” (Colossians 3:16).

http://www.soulshepherding.org/2012/07/breath-prayers/



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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 26, 2013 8:48 PM

Bill Gaultiere provides techniques for meditative prayer using breath, the body and scripture as a way to deepen one's prayer and connection to God from a Christian point of view. There are many lovely and creative techniques in this article. Some of these techniques are similar to centering prayer, but integrate scripture and the use of breath in different ways than centering prayer. 

http://www.soulshepherding.org/2012/07/breath-prayers/


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Meditation

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Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word known as a mantra.

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Simplicity sharpens focus in faith-filled lives | Insights into Religion

Simplicity sharpens focus in faith-filled lives | Insights into Religion | Practicing Faith | Scoop.it

Simplicity can be complicated. But its spiritual rewards are great.

Members of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) expect to make sacrifices. Giving a year of your life to serve others and living communally, often in an inner-city neighborhood far from home, will naturally require a level of selflessness.


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Four Ways to Pay Attention to the Relational Part of Spirituality

Four Ways to Pay Attention to the Relational Part of Spirituality | Practicing Faith | Scoop.it
Rabbi Hanokh loved to tell this story: "For a whole year I felt a longing to go to my master Rabbi Bunam and talk with him.  But every time I entered the house, I felt I wasn't man enough.  Once th...

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Gallery of Quotes about Silence - Spirituality & Practice

Gallery of Quotes about Silence - Spirituality & Practice | Practicing Faith | Scoop.it

Silence is not an absence of sound, but rather a shifting of attention toward sounds that speak to the soul. Thomas Moore in the reenchantment of everyday life. 


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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 12, 2013 12:12 AM

Here’s a beautiful gallery of quotes and images about silence. It’s a lovely focus for your reflections on the spiritual value of keeping silent. HT Hugh N Blair

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LEARN TO HAVE FAITH

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Renee Baribeau's curator insight, July 5, 2013 12:42 PM

Faith is the sound between the passing things.

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God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful. ~ Mother Teresa 

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What is Meditation? | The World Community for Christian Meditation

What is Meditation? | The World Community for Christian Meditation | Practicing Faith | Scoop.it
The WCCM International Website. Resources, meditation groups lists, newsletters and information on the meditation practice and all the Community activities worldwide.

Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice that we find at the core of all the great religious traditions, leading from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone from wherever you are on your life’s journey. It is only necessary to be clear about the practice and then to begin – and keep on beginning.

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6 ways to know that God is speaking to you

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In a world of constant noise and chaos, it is sometimes difficult to recognize God's voice and understand what he is trying to say. Here are six ways...

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, August 17, 2013 5:35 PM

Great questions to ask yourself when int he misdt of discernment. 

Miracle Prayer Mat's curator insight, October 15, 2013 4:49 PM

God is speaking to you, and this is how you know!

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The Practice of Stillness

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Being still is tremendously difficult in our media-rich, always-on world. Noise crowds into every empty space. Here’s how to reclaim some interior margin.

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The Power of Prayer - Mainline Today

The Power of Prayer - Mainline Today | Practicing Faith | Scoop.it

Neurotheology explores the effect of prayer on the brain, and the results so far have been enlightening.

By scanning the brain activity of people while they pray, he's found that, during meditative prayer, the frontal lobes that handle concentration “light up” and the parietal lobes that process outside sensory information “go dark.” The reaction happens in people of all different faiths


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