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10 Practices.

Rewiring a brain is not a short process. I cannot see inside my own skull, of course, but I am convinced there is both physical and spiritual reality to this--that spiritual rewiring is carried by material rewiring. I can still feel it, continuing to work in the still darkness.

Looking back, here are 10 practices I embraced that contributed to the rewiring of my Self.

1 I listened. To what was moving within myself, and to the words of family and friends. Like the colleague who told me one day, "Steve, you do know it's time for you to leave your work, don't you?" Well, no, I hadn't known. When the time came, I paid attention.

2 I trusted. I had help, such as on the lovely June day when I was driving to work and was moved to play Handel's Messiah on the stereo. When I heard the chorus "He Trusted in God," I burst into tears. Go figure. Trust.

3 I learned and embraced contemplative practices. For me, being in nature is always the starting point, so I kept going with that. I added a sitting meditation each morning until, over time, initial forays became a steady discipline.

4 I spent time alone, still, and silent. There is no substitute.

5 I waited. "Waiting in patient urgency," as I wrote in my journal one day. Just waiting.

6 I asked others to help me. People who'd been on these paths before, from a variety of backgrounds and traditions. I followed some of what they offered, and stuck with what worked for me.

7 I kept a journal, which I usually didn't do. Still don't. But I did. Thank God.

8 I sang and I danced. Joy breaking in!

9 I began reading religious and spiritual texts. Devouring might be a better word.

10 I said "Yes." I entered and embraced an organized religious tradition, with all its foibles, because I need community, ritual, and ancient wisdom. This is too big to do alone.

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Title Annotation:spiritual rewiring
Publication:Spirituality & Health Magazine
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Date:Jan 1, 2019
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