The Spiritual Activist

SpiritualActivistCoverWEB copy.img_assist_customThe Spiritual Activist: Practices to Transform Your Life, Your Work, and Your World (Penguin Compass, 2002) is a practical guide to individual and social transformation through spirit and faith. Written by stone circles’ Executive Director Claudia Horwitz, the book includes activities to help reconnect with core values and beliefs, questions for reflection, resources, and stories from socially conscious leaders discussing their lives and their spiritual practices.

Excerpt from Part One: REFUGE: Turning Inward, Finding Strength

Animals threatened with extinction and in need of protection often find themselves in a refuge, a place of safety and nourishment. To lead a sane and beautiful life, we, too, need a space of quiet and deep rest where we can turn inward and find strength. In this place, we find compassion, tranquility, love, strength, and a sense of ease. The seed of our renewal lies in our ability to develop practices of mindfulness, a language of spirit and a reconnection with the body. If we don’t find refuge within ourselves, we will always be asking others to be what they are not meant to be.

2 Responses to The Spiritual Activist

  1. Well put, Tom. If we dwell on the past, by trying to analyze others’ motives for example, or the future, by trying to predict what’s going to happen for example, we are not engaging with others respectfully, openly, fully, with all our heart and all our soul. And that is the best way to foster growth — in ourselves, others, and the world.

  2. I’ve had the thought that the most effective form of activism is getting present for if you’re not in that space you’re likely to be in the other space, ego… the one that runs our dysfunctional civilization.

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