The Moment That Defined Spirituality

November 29, 2010 by  
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Below is a very interesting post I found on O, the Oprah Magazine.  Enjoy!

A window opening. A glimpse of the ungraspable. A sudden surge of love…or hope…or awe. We asked artists, writers, thinkers, and doers to recall the flashes of understanding that took their breath away.

Faith Adiele
Author of Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun (Norton)

Every time I act without knowing the outcome, with the risk of failure looming before me, I try to see that as a spiritual moment. Every time I transcend my limitations or touch something larger than myself: one step closer.

Diana Ackerman
Author of The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story (Norton)

Growing up in Illinois, I played outside each day and found nature a limitless source of surprises and wonder. That’s where I first felt a sense of belonging to its pervasive mystery, of being finite in the face of the infinite and surrounded by powerful and unseen forces. A deity wasn’t required; I rejoiced in a sort of eco-spirituality. I still think of myself as an Earth Ecstatic. The tenets of this personal religion are few: I believe in the sanctity of life and the ability of people to improve their behavior toward others. As basic as that stance is, for me it is also tonic, deeply spiritual, and complete—it glorifies the lowliest life-forms and embraces the most distant stars…Continued

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