Shining like the Sun offers seven mindful practices--attentiveness, ordinariness, simplicity, rhythms, conversation, delight, and restoration--that guide readers to wake up to God as a living reality and to come alive in their bodies, minds, hearts, and deep in their souls. Through stories that illuminate each practice, simple observations, and tangible suggestions for how to embody each practice, readers will discover that God is hidden deep inside their own being. Whether changing diapers, stuck in traffic, or enjoying a glass of wine, we can touch God in any ordinary moment. We can always come alive. Written from a primarily Christian perspective, it draws from a variety of sources from the major world religions and will appeal to anyone who wants to cultivate mindfulness to get in touch with God as a living reality.
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About the Author
Steve Wiens is a speaker, writer, and host of the weekly podcast This Good Word, an exploration of what's holy about our humanity. He is author of Whole (2017) and Beginnings (2016). He and his wife, Mary, live in Maple Grove, Minnesota, with their three children.
Table of Contents
Practice #1: Attentiveness
I want to see where God is active in this ordinary world, so I will practice attentiveness: learning to see all there is to see, and know all there is to know, in each moment.
Practice #2: Ordinariness
I want to know and honor my true self, so I will practice ordinariness: Turning away from who I should be and returning to who I am.
Practice #3: Simplicity
I want to stay responsive to what's important, so I will practice simplicity: learning to quiet my mind when it is overwhelmed by learning to listen to my body, who will guide me with deep, inner wisdom.
Practice #4: Rhythm
I want to live in harmony with all of creation, so I will practice rhythm: learning to hear and play my part in the song the universe is singing.
Practice #5: Conversation
I want to be led to all that is good and true, so I practice conversation: learning to ask questions that show interest in people and in process, trusting in the unfolding work of mystery as I continually expand how I see and understand the world.
Practice #6: Delight
I want to respond to the world with wonder and awe instead of cynicism and self-protection, so I will practice delight: learning to reject that labels I am given and the labels I give others, in order to experience the beauty that is bigger.
Practice #7: Restoration
I want to reflect the vulnerability of God to others, so I will practice restoration: learning to receive the weakness, fragility, and loneliness in myself and others for our mutual healing.