“For long years a bird in a cage, today, flying along
with the clouds.” – Zen saying
WANT TO ATTAIN SPIRITUAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING?
These practices may help or inspire you to identify others:
- Brainstorming trauma and healing
- Breathing exercises
- Embracing an annual uplifting theme
- Meditations (guided, malas, mantras, chimes, singing bowls)
- Prayer music
- Reading/studying inspirational and spiritual works
- Reflection practice (connects experiences and learning)
- Self-reflection oracle decks
- Tapping (based on acupuncture and psychology)
- Cartooning, creating art
- Deep tissue manipulation/rolfing
- Engaging in community life (in person, online)
- Leading/listening to music
- Learning from others
- Learning how to love; loving people, no strings attached
- Meditations (secluded, group)
- Mindful intentions
- Practicing gratitude
- Questioning, questioning, questioning
- Reciting church liturgy
- Running and other forms of exercise
- Service to others and community
- Shadow work (mining our hidden wounds)
- Sitting and thinking (to tune into something greater than self)
- Sound frequency therapy
- Spoken word (oral poetry)
- Talking with others and really listening
- Watching/studying/writing about movies
GIFTS OF SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION
10 Gifts for the Individual
- Belonging; sense of spiritual family and home
- Breaking generational cycles of spiritual poverty
- Compassion for self and others
- Embracing mystery and uncertainty
- Experiencing inner joy and serenity
- Gratitude for lessons learned
- Sharing lessons we’ve learned with others
- Self-love and self-forgiveness
- Serving others from a place of love
- Spiritual freedom, authenticity and integrity
10 Gifts for the Community
- Boundless love
- Friendship and kinship
- Healthy, dynamic communities
- Hope and goodwill
- Humanizing others
- Loving and compassionate activism on behalf of others
- Respect for the opinions and beliefs of others
- Safe community spaces
- Shared humanity and common bonds
- Unity and oneness
ARE YOU AN INCARCERATED CHRISTIAN?
10 Signs You’re an Incarcerated Christian
- It’s not okay to doubt, question or challenge beliefs and practices.
- It’s not okay to resist or disobey authority structures or figures.
- It’s not okay to hang out with non-Christians.
- It’s not okay to venture outside of God-ordained spaces.
- It’s not okay to be LGBTQIA+.
- It’s not okay to leave your church or question church leaders’ authority.
- It’s not okay to access unapproved mainstream media.
- It’s not okay to have feelings like fear, sadness, confusion or anger about these things.
- It’s not okay to dress in ways that don’t reflect Christian femininity and masculinity.
- It’s not okay to form your own religious and spiritual decisions.
10 Keys for Spiritual and Religious Release
- It’s okay to be curious and explore.
- It’s okay to make your religious and spiritual health and well-being a priority.
- It’s okay to walk away from your church or religious community.
- It’s okay to let go of fear, guilt, and shame and embrace courage, compassion, and hope.
- It’s okay to question, change and let go of beliefs.
- It’s okay to get help from counselors and therapists outside Christianity.
- It’s okay to develop your own personal beliefs and practices.
- It’s okay to follow your own religious and spiritual conscience.
- It’s okay to take a path that is different from your family and friends.
- It’s okay to embrace spiritual independence.