I’ve written about building a practice group, beginning with the first circle of talk dancing and the conversational space, and answering the second circle question of why you have come to the group.
I start with the premise that everyone lives in the “domains” of spirit, mind, body, emotion, community, household, vocation, and finance. And while we may not have the same amount of focus or interest in any one of them, none of us can avoid living in any of them.
I believe the domain of spirit seeks to answer three questions:
- Who am I?
- How am I connected with other human beings, with life, and the cosmos itself?
- How can I create a meaningful life for myself, and bless those I care about?
I think it’s important to answer these questions as best you can before moving on to the other domains, because it is easy to get lost in those other domains only to “wake up” one day and realize you don’t know who you are, or how you are connected with the cosmos, or whether your life has any meaning. Having no answer to these questions is almost the very definition of an existential crisis.
Notice that while I’ve said nothing about a person’s “faith,” it is faith that attempts to answer these questions. Our faith consists of the assumptions our life is predicated of; of our self-awareness; of our experience of connectedness or isolation, whether with God, or nature, or with other human beings; of whether our lives have any meaning.
The practice group can help us draw out answers to these questions from ourselves and from one another. We don’t need to be of the same faith, but we do need to respect one another’s faith. We don’t need to have the same answers but we need to try to understand each other’s answers, and challenge each other to formulate the best answers we can.