12 [different] spiritual disciplines

12 [different] Spiritual Disciplines

This isn’t the typical list of spiritual disciplines that we’re used to, i.e. fasting, solitude, worship, prayer, service, etc. Instead it’s a year’s worth of spiritual disciplines from Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, An Altar in the World (a book I highly recommend!).

If you’re looking for something a little different, try one or more of these practices to draw you closer to the Lord.

  1. The practice of waking up to God
  2. The practice of paying attention
  3. The practice of wearing skin
  4. The practice of walking on the earth
  5. The practice of getting lost
  6. The practice of encountering others
  7. The practice of living with purpose
  8. The practice of saying no
  9. The practice of carrying water
    (Physical labor)
  10. The practice of feeling pain
  11. The practice of being present to God
  12. The practice of pronouncing blessings


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10 thoughts on “12 [different] spiritual disciplines

  1. floyd

    Walking around carrying the spirit of our Savior in our souls, sounds like to me. Those practices made me stop and think… and hopefully practice…

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Great way to put it, Floyd–and such an awesome reality!–to have the Divine dwell in us as we go around day to day. Who could have imagined such a thing?

  2. Ceil

    Hi Lisa! I have not heard of this book, but it looks great! I’ll write it down right away, and try to get to it this summer. I am in a ‘reading mood’ these days, so it’s a good time to get a list going.

    Have a blessed weekend 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      It is a wonderful book, Ceil. I read it twice in less than a year. She tells lots of stories and really helps you think outside the box. And easy reading too. Enjoy your reading season. 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      What a wonderful practice, Michelle. Sometimes I try to do centering prayer while I’m still in bed before I have to get up so I agree with you that it is a great way to start the day being fully aware of God with us.

  3. Jennifer Dougan

    Hi Lisa,

    Those are unique ones. I haven’t heard of many of those. What have you most appreciated from her book? Are you working on one of these particular ones this week?

    Re your comment on my post “Friendships that Linger Over Lunch and Whisper in the Darkness,” aren’t those friendships special, Lisa? Both the long-term ones and the newer growing ones too. 🙂 I’m thankful you have them too, and for this online community that we are all building so steadily too.

    May your weekend be relaxed and full of renewal, Lisa.

    Jennifer Dougan

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Last year I took one month per practice (conveniently the book had twelve practices!). So although I’m not working on them as systematically this year, I do find myself informally doing them still at different times. For July I’ll be dipping back into the practice of paying attention (reverence) as I try to be more aware of the unknowable. The book in general is so good at making you think differently, deeper.

      One of my long-time friends is actually in town now for a few days so we are getting together tomorrow for lunch. So grateful for even short bits of time together. They all add up. And yes, the online friendships are very real to me as well. I don’t think those who aren’t online realize how that can happen. 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      It’s a great book to go through slowly to have time to actually practice each thing individually and let it soak in. Too often I zoom through a book without sitting with it long enough to let it sink in very deep.

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