Common Good: Spiritual Practices

. An old adage says, “If you want to stay friends, don’t talk about religion or politics”. Can you challenge that ancient idea? Can you speak about meaning and power at your holiday gatherings? Maybe it will be around the table.

The next time there is a family dinner, give it a try. Talk about religion as the way we create meaning and how we find it. Talk about politics, how it is about power and how we use it.

. During a quiet time in your day, speculate on the many ways you use the common good. Name to yourself the forms it comes in: roads, food, education, standards. See if you can list 20.

. Read one of these three books about the Common Good. They are all well written and easy to read. Each of them offers a wonderful perspective on how we can use and build the common good. When you talk about the creative ideas within them, your friends will be impressed.
Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics
Worthy of The Human Spirit
by Parker Palmer
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we Are in Without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

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