From Secular to Sacred: Go All Out!

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As you prepare for the holidays this year, go all out!

Literally—get OUT of the house, go OUTside, experience the great OUTdoors. Yes, you’ve got too much to do, but that’s no excuse. If it’s cold, bundle up and allow your cheeks to get rosy and your body to become energized by the brisk air. If you’re not in a cold climate, then spend a little more time wandering at a nearby lake/ocean/mountain/park.

Take along your camera or sketchbook or journal. Breathe deeply and slow your steps. Become aware of the sky’s color and the land’s fragrance. You are created by God, living on a planet created by God. One of the best cures for holiday stress is to reconnect to the basic miracle of being alive among so many beautiful living things.

In fact, when the holiday rush becomes too frantic, simply find a window. Maybe it’s at home or maybe it’s at a mall or airport, but stand there and gaze for at least five minutes. Look for one created thing, and say a prayer of thanks.

About Vinita Hampton Wright 181 Articles
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

4 Comments on From Secular to Sacred: Go All Out!

  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article. I just discovered your books and articles. Your pen speaks straight to my heart. Much Love

  2. Every autumn I am minded of how God takes out His paint palette and recolors the trees around me. It’s stunning how He makes each tree unique as to color, rate of change, and ending. He, in this way, reminds me of His great glory, and even thought it is Advent, I exult in His love and generosity. It makes the coming of that Baby so much more poignant.

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this article and practice walking meditation.I’m a member of American Pilgrims on the
    Camino.A great group of people to walk with as they share their stories.

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