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  1. A is for Attention

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    ATTENTION "Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of our existence. But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being." This definition from Brother David Steindl-Rast sets the tone for…

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  2. B is for Beauty

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    BEAUTY Quotes from two 19th century writers open this episode on the spiritual quality of beauty. John Ruskin reminds us, "The saying that beauty is but skin deep is but a skin deep saying." Charles Kingsley goes further: "Beauty is God's handwriting. Welcome it in every fair face,…

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  3. C is for Compassion

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    COMPASSION Even among people who do not consider themselves to be religious, compassion is ranked with the highest values. This spiritual quality is defined by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield as "the quivering of the pure heart when we have allowed ourselves to be touched by the pain of life."…

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  4. D is for Devotion

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    DEVOTION Devotion to God is expressed in moments of formal prayer and ritual, but just as often it can emerge out of such everyday activities as cooking, raking, and even shopping. In this episode, examples of devotional practices are found in the writings of David A. Cooper, Brother Lawrence, Linda…

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  5. E is for Enthusiasm

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    ENTHUSIASM The word "enthusiasm" means having "God within," and it is an attractive quality. As John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, put it: "Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come from miles to watch you burn." We meet some enthusiastic souls in here, including…

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  6. F is for Forgiveness

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    FORGIVENESS Forgiving ourselves and others is one of the greatest challenges on the spiritual path, but fortunately mentors abound from a local playground to Cambodian refugee camps. Examples of forgiveness are offered by Helen Prejean, Rami Shapiro, Harold Kushner, Ram Dass, Stephen and Ondrea Levine,…

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  7. G is for Gratitude

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    GRATITUDE "One chief idea of my life," G. K. Chesterton wrote, "is the idea of taking things with gratitude and not taking things for granted." There are so many things to be grateful for! Flowers, asparagus, stories, books, slippers, toes, and Santa Claus are just a few covered…

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  8. H is for Hospitality

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    HOSPITALITY Our attitude toward where we are and who we are with – our hospitality -- is just as important as what we are. Mystic Mechtild of Magdeburg made this assumption when she advised us to live "welcoming to all." This episode recommends many kinds of hospitality -- not just to…

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  9. I is for Imagination

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    IMAGINATION "I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of imagination," wrote British poet John Keats. "Imagination is a monastery, and I am its monk." In this episode, artists testify to the connections between spirituality and imagination.…

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  10. J is for Justness

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    JUSTNESS Spiritual Literacy defines justness as the ability to respond to situations that life presents in an appropriate way -- from ethical choices in the marketplace to political activity on social issues to raising children. This quality determines how we see problems and how we confront those who…

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  11. K is for Kindness

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    KINDNESS "Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." These are the words of Lao Tzu. Other views on kindness in this episode are taken from the Talmud, the literature of the Kabbalah, and the writings of Albert Schweitzer.…

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  12. L is for Love

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    LOVE "The way is not in the sky, the way is in the heart," Buddha advised. Rumi agreed: "Only from the heart can you touch the sky." In this episode, love flowers in all the familiar places and also in a diner, a chemotherapy unit, and a city street. Sources include Eda LeShan, Thich…

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