“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
Embracing an annual uplifting theme
Meditations (guided, malas, mantras)
Reading/studying inspirational and spiritual works
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
Loving people: no strings attached
Meditations (secluded, group)
Questioning, questioning, questioning
Running and other forms of exercise
Service to others and community
Shadow work (mining our hidden wounds)
Sound frequency therapy
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
Friendship and kinship
Healthy, dynamic communities
Hope and goodwill
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.