I always wonder how Quakers do it. Most of us Christians will complain every once in a while “not another extra-long sermon!” or “not that same song again…they played it last week!” But for Quakers, they do only one thing each week: sit in silence.
This mode of worship is something I have needed to ingrain in my work life, as where I work puts a tremendous focus on cultivating our own spiritual lives as we pour ourselves out for others.
It’s an awesome blessing. I am quite giddy about the time I get to spend reading, drawing and praying. But what does one do with the similarity? What does one do after three months? Three years? Three decades?
One has to learn to grow. The practice has to change you, shape you, mold you and establish you. That’s why it’s called a spiritual practice! Because the cliche is really true: practice makes perfect.
In all honesty, I will never have this whole silence thing down pat, but what I do want to do is grow and endure, to not find monotony in the everyday rhythm but to live in a constancy that shapes the foundation of my spiritual life. Then I will be able to tackle the new with the strong foundation I have built during the quiet, steady, everyday habits of the heart like stillness.
What spiritual practices ground you?
What do you do when a rhythm in your life becomes too familiar?