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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Stress and Strategies: Spirituality

It's time for a slightly different take on my Stress and Strategies series: finding time for spirituality. While I'd like to think that my religious or spiritual beliefs help influence and guide me through my days and actions, I probably don't give it as much time or thought as I'd like to when I'm running to the train or folding the laundry. Actually, my rabbi once gave a great sermon about how we should astound in and feel grateful for our ability to fold the laundry, and so that does cross my mind sometimes, but I think you get my point.

We celebrate Shabbat pretty much every Friday night, lighting candles, blessing the children and eating challah. We go to services fairly regularly, and I find I revel a bit in the singularity of the task of just sitting or standing and singing the prayers when I'm there. I try to focus on just being in that moment, which is something I struggle with doing, and sometimes I have more success than others. But I find it's rewarding to put the time and effort into it.

What about you? With all that we have going on, do you make time for a spiritual component to life, however you define it? Share you stress and strategies in the comments.

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