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Everyday Simplicity helps us better recognize the everyday gestures of God and discover an inner peace and joy we can share with others. Wicks describes a spiritual life readily accessible to everyone. It ...
Everyday Simplicity helps us better recognize the everyday gestures of God and discover an inner peace and joy we can share with others. Wicks describes a spiritual life readily accessible to everyone. It requires opening our eyes, appreciating our lives as they are now, and developing a true sense of ourselves in the image and likeness of God. Wicks provides a clear explanation of how to develop this deeply-anchored inner life through his "little rule of prayer"--a set of practices that helps us broaden and deepen our spirituality.
Through this process we develop a better understanding of ourselves beyond the labels of the superficial world. And we become less needy and more open to people in an honest, rather than a manipulative manner. We develop a sense of freedom from the alienation and anxiety that so often clouds our awareness of a spiritual presence in our lives. It takes patience and effort to achieve a truly satisfying spiritual life. Everyday Simplicity offers a month's worth of reflections, questions, suggestions and prayers to guide us on the journey.
It begins with recognizing the spiritual element in every moment and being open to new knowledge and experiences. Everyday Simplicity does not offer a simple path to enlightenment, nor does it promise a quick fix to external burdens accumulated over time. It simply shares one way to understand God--and by extension, ourselves--through daily, prayerful reflection that helps keep the apparently complex problems of our lives in proper perspective.
Getting a life of any kind is hard enough in a world that has us going around in circles—from the stresses of our workplace to the demands of home and back again tomorrow.
Getting a spiritual life can seem like a luxury to be put off to another quieter time.
Robert Wicks, however, believes that the search for a spiritual life begins not in some exotic, unreachable place but right where we are—in the midst of all the craziness.
It starts within our busy, stressed-out human hearts, not in some other "more spiritual" place.
The more we are able, therefore, to be our true selves, the more successful we will be in developing a spirituality that will be real and satisfying.
Here's solid, common sense advice on how to get a spiritual life—no matter how busy your day.
Posted October 28, 2012
I can't believe no one has yet written a review of this excellent book, now 12 years old. I still come back to it when I want to refocus my life and try to keep on a more simple path in this roller coaster world. My copy is marked with highlighter, checkmarks, folded pages, and sticky notes. Another favorite by Robert Wicks for me is Touching the Holy, 1992, especially the section on "Friends."
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