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May 30th, 2013

5 Tips for a Spiritual Summer

 
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  1. Vacation Church Search

    Rather than taking a vacation from church, make church an exciting part of your vacation by celebrating mass somewhere new. While on vacation, make it a point to find an old, popular or interesting place of worship nearby. If you’re in the tropics, search for an open-air church. If you’re vacationing on the East Coast, check out a historical church. If you’re opting for a stay-cation this summer and sticking close to home, visit a new parish in your community. You never know where you will find inspiration!

  2. Rekindle Your Spark

    Plan a backyard or beach bonfire with family, close friends, or by yourself! Relax. Roast some marshmallows and make s’mores. When you are comfortable, reflect on aspects of your life where you are succeeding. Congratulate yourself with another s’more! Then, think about what is holding you back. Write down a list of those things that are keeping you from being the person God wants you to be, and throw the list into the fire, burning the paper to mark a fresh start.

  3. Stop To Smell the Roses

    Take time to appreciate God’s world around you. Walk barefoot in the grass or on the beach. Swim in a natural pond, lake or ocean. Sit under a beautiful old tree or go for a hike. And while you’re in nature, spend some one-on-one time with God. Share your gratitude for the gifts in your life, including the gifts of nature and the environment, and enjoy your time surrounded by God’s beautiful creations.

  4. Write It Down

    Start a Summer Spiritual Journal. Each day, record moments when you feel close to God and moments when God feels further away in your daily life. Writing them down will help you reflect upon these times, and may bring to light new moments of strength or challenge in your faith. In addition to your personal reflections, write down quotes, phrases or scripture that are meaningful and relevant to you at that moment. You might remember something you’ve read or heard from a friend during the day. In doing so, you may find new ways to think about your daily interactions with God and others.

  5. Class It Up

    Take a class or go on a retreat to rejuvenate your spirituality. Find a summer Bible study or discussion group in your parish or community. Sign up for an art class to feed your creative side. Have you always wanted to learn a musical instrument? Now is your time to give it a try. Or take a cooking class to improve your culinary skills. At the end of the summer, show off your newfound talents to friends and family by playing some music or hosting a dinner party. If you have an unplanned long weekend, find a religious retreat near you or visit one of these locations and have your own personal retreat that might include journaling (read #4 above), a favorite prayer, and reading cherished scripture or other spiritual texts in order to reconnect with God.

 
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The Author : Amy Snopek
Amy Snopek is a junior at Fordham University studying communication and media studies. She has spent time as an intern at Busted Halo, For Your Ears Only, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Rachael Ray Show.
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