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Forty-Two Ways to Nourish Your Soul

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My spirituality is switched on when I live with a willingness to see God in the everyday. I am fully alive, and the most ordinary moment can feed my soul. For me, one key is finding the spiritual practices that are right for me. I practice my faith in community; I watch and listen to those whose switches seem to be in the on position. I notice the simple yet elegant ways people connect with the Divine. I begin to borrow the practices that appeal to me.

This article appeared in our August 2004 issue.My 20-something friend Dinie, one of nine children in a Lubavitch Jewish family, once told me, “Spirituality is like a switch. Everybody has one; it’s just that not everyone has it turned on.” I immediately understood her wise observation. My switch is turned on when I live from a willingness to see a loving God in the everyday. I am fully alive, and the most ordinary moment can feed my soul. But I’m human and my switch sometimes feels stuck — or worse, nonexistent. For me, one key was finding the spiritual practices that are right for me. I practiced my faith in community; I watched and listened to those whose switches seemed to be in the on position. I noticed the simple yet elegant ways people connected with the Divine. I began to borrow the practices that appealed to me. For instance, years ago a friend suggested that I write a daily gratitude list. Night after night, I grumbled as I tried to even remember what had happened during my day, much less write it down! But it was right for me. Over time, my struggle to find things for the list has g …

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