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Spiritual practices (List)

Ahimsa | Aikido | Altruism | Ancestor worship | Asceticism | Bearing testimony | Being born again | Bhajan | Bhakti | Blessing | Celibacy | Chanting | Devotion | Entheogen | Epiphany | Exorcism | Faith healing | Fasting | Forgiveness | Glossolalia | Haiku | Hymn | Iconolatry | Immolation | Japa | Jihad | Koan practice | Mantra | Meditation | Martyrdom | Ministering | Miracle | Monasticism | Mysticism | Nonviolence | Pilgrimage | Poverty | Prayer | Psychotherapy | Qigong | Religious ecstasy | Religious music | Repentance | Revivalism | Ritual | Sacrament | Sacrifice | Sadhana | Sainthood | Self-realization | Shabd | Shamanism | Simple living | Simran | Supplication | Tai Chi Chuan | Theosis | Tithing | Vegetarianism | Veneration | Vipassana | Wabi-sabi | Wearing Vestments | Worship | Yoga | Zazen Jump to: navigation, search Spirituality is, in a narrow sense, a concern with matters of the spirit, however that may be defined; but it is also a wide term with many available readings. ... This is a list of topics that may be of interest to a person who is researching subjects related to spirituality, esotericism, mysticism, or parapsychology. ... Ahimsa is a religious concept which advocates non-violence and a respect for all life. ... Jump to: navigation, search Aikido (合気道 Aikidō, also 合氣道 using an older style of kanji), literally meaning harmony energy way, or with some poetic license, way of the harmonious spirit, is a gendai budo â€” a modern Japanese martial art. ... Altruism is either a practice or habit (in the view of many, a virtue) as well as an ethical doctrine. ... Ancestor worship, also ancestor veneration, is a religious practice based on the belief that ones ancestors possess supernatural powers. ... Asceticism denotes a life which is characterised by refraining from worldly pleasures (austerity). ... In law and in religion, testimony is a solemn attestation as to the truth of a matter. ... Born again is a term used originally and mainly in Christianity, where it is associated with salvation, conversion and spiritual rebirth. ... A bhajan or kirtan is a Hindu devotional song, often but not necessarily of ancient origin. ... Bhakti is a Tamil or Sanskrit term from Hinduism that means intense devotion expressed by action (service). ... Look up Blessing on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A blessing (from to bless, Old English bleodsian or bletsian) originally meant sprinkling with blood during the pagan sacrifices, the Blóts (reference: AHD). ... Celibacy may refer either to being unmarried or to sexual abstinence. ... A chant (peace¹) is the rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds, either on a single pitch or with a simple melody involving a limited set of notes and often including a great deal of repetition or statis. ... Jump to: navigation, search A Devotion in Christianity has come to mean time spent alone or in a small group of people reading and studying the Bible in a way as it relates to ones spiritual health and wellbeing. ... Jump to: navigation, search The word entheogen is a modern term derived from two Ancient Greek words, ἔνθεος (entheos) and γενέσθαι (genesthai). ... Epiphany (Greek: επιφάνεια, the appearance; miraculous phenomenon) is a Christian feast intended to celebrate the shining forth or revelation of God to mankind in human form, in the person of Jesus. ... Jump to: navigation, search Exorcism is the practice of evicting demons or other evil spiritual entities which are supposed to have possessed (taken control of) a person or object. ... Jump to: navigation, search Faith healing is the use of solely spiritual means in treating disease, sometimes accompanied with the refusal of modern medical techniques. ... Jump to: navigation, search Fasting is the act of willingly abstaining from all food and in some cases drink, for a period of time. ... Jump to: navigation, search Forgiveness is a choice the forgiver makes to let go of resentment held in the forgivers mind of a perceived wrong or difference, either actual or imagined. ... Glossolalia [from the Greek, γλώσσα (glossa), tongue and λαλώ (lalô), to speak] comprises the utterance of what appears (to the casual listener) either as an unknown foreign language (xenoglossia), simply nonsense syllables, or utterance of a unknown mystical language; the utterances sometimes occur as part of religious worship (religious glossolalia). ... Jump to: navigation, search Haiku (俳句) is one of the most important modes of Japanese poetry, a late 19th century revision by Masaoka Shiki of the old hokku, the opening verse of a linked verse form, haikai no renga. ... A hymn is a song specifically written as a song of praise, adoration or prayer, typically addressed to a god. ... Iconolatry : (Greek eikon denoting simply a picture and latreia to adore or worship. ... Immolation is destruction by fire, that is, burning something to destroy it. ... Japa, or Japam, is a spiritual discipline in which a devotee repeats a mantra or the name of the God. ... Jump to: navigation, search Jihad (Arabic: jihād) is an Islamic term, from the Arabic root jhd (to exert utmost effort, to strive, struggle), which connotes a wide range of meanings: anything from an inward spiritual struggle to attain perfect faith to a political or military struggle to further the... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... In Tibet, many Buddhists carve mantras into rocks as a form of devotion. ... Jump to: navigation, search Meditation refers to any of a wide variety of spiritual practices (and their close secular analogues) which emphasize mental activity or quiescence. ... Historically, a martyr is a person who dies for his or her religious faith. ... A minister can mean several things: A government minister is a politician who heads a government ministry A minister of religion is a member of the clergy A minister is the rank of diplomat directly below ambassador This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that... Jump to: navigation, search According to many religions, a miracle, derived from the old Latin word miraculum meaning something wonderful, is a striking interposition of divine intervention by God in the universe by which the operations of the ordinary course of Nature are overruled, suspended, or modified. ... Jump to: navigation, search Monasticism (from Greek: monachos—a solitary person) is the religious practice of renouncing all worldly pursuits in order to fully devote ones life to spiritual work. ... Jump to: navigation, search Mysticism, from the Greek (mueo, to conceal), is the pursuit of achieving communion with, or conscious awareness of ultimate reality, the divine, spiritual truth, or God through direct, personal experience (intuition or insight) rather than rational thought; the belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual... [[[[Media:--84. ... Jump to: navigation, search Pilgrim at Mecca A pilgrimage is a term primarily used in religion and spirituality of a long journey or search of great moral significance. ... Jump to: navigation, search A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows his find. ... Prayer is an effort to communicate with God, or to some deity or deities, or another form of spiritual entity, or otherwise, either to offer praise, to make a request, or simply to express ones thoughts and emotions. ... Psychotherapy is a set of techniques intended to improve mental health, emotional or behavioral issues in individuals, who are often called clients. These issues often make it hard for people to manage their lives and achieve their goals. ... Qigong (Simplified Chinese: 气功; Traditional Chinese: 氣功; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: chi4 kung1) is an increasingly popular aspect of Chinese medicine involving the coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and motions of the body. ... Jump to: navigation, search Religious ecstasy is a trance-like state characterized by expanded mental and spiritual awareness and is frequently accompanied by visions, hallucinations, and physical euphoria. ... Religious music (also sacred music) is music performed or composed for religious use or through religious influence. ... Repentance is the feeling and act in which one recognizes and tries to right a wrong, or gain forgiveness from someone that they wronged. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A ritual is a formalised, predetermined set of symbolic actions generally performed in a particular environment at a regular, recurring interval. ... A sacrament is a Christian rite that mediates divine grace. ... Jump to: navigation, search Sacrifice (from a Middle English verb meaning to make sacred, from Old French, from Latin sacrificium : sacer, sacred; sacred + facere, to make) is commonly known as the practice of offering food, or the lives of animals or people to the gods, as an act of propitiation... Sadhana means spiritual exercise in Hinduism. ... Jump to: navigation, search In general, the term Saint refers to someone who is exceptionally virtuous and holy. ... Categories: Substubs ... Shabd (Hindi:शब्द) is a movie released in 2005, produced by Pritish Nandy Communications, and directed by Leela Bajaj. ... Jump to: navigation, search Shamanism refers to the traditional healing and religious practices of northern Asia (e. ... Jump to: navigation, search Simple living (also known as voluntary simplicity or voluntary poverty) is a lifestyle considered by its adherents to be an ecologically or spiritually motivated alternative to Western consumerism. ... The term Simran refers to the vocal repetition or recital of the God Names - Naam or of the Holy Text from the Two Granths of the Sikhs - the Sri Guru Granth Sahib and the Dasam Granth. ... Supplication (also known as petitioning) is the most common form of prayer, wherein a person asks a supernatural deity to provide something, either for that person who is praying or for someone else on whose behalf a prayer of supplication is being made. ... Jump to: navigation, search Tai Chi Chuan or Taijiquan (Chinese: 太極拳; pinyin: ; literally supreme ultimate fist), commonly known as Tai Chi, Tai Chi, or Taiji, is a nei chia (internal) Chinese martial art. ... In Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic theology, theosis, meaning divinization (or woodenly, deification or, to become god), is the call to man to become holy and seek union with God, beginning in this life and later consummated in the resurrection. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Jump to: navigation, search Vegetarianism describes a diet based on foods of plant origin, including fruits, grains, and nuts. ... (Latin veneratio, Greek δουλια dulia) In traditional Christian churches (for example, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy), veneration, or veneration of saints, is a special act of honoring a dead person who has been identified as singular in the traditions of the religion, and through them honoring God who made them and... Jump to: navigation, search Vipassanā (Sanskrit: vipasyanā) is the practice of Insight Meditation. ... Wabi-sabi (in Kanji: 侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic. ... Vestments are liturgical garments and articles associated primarily with the Christian religions, especially the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Anglican Churches. ... Jump to: navigation, search Worship usually refers to specific acts of religious praise, honour, or devotion, typically directed to a supernatural being such as a god or goddess. ... Jump to: navigation, search Yoga is a family of spiritual practices that originated in what in the present-day is known as India, where it is seen primarily as a means to enlightenment (or bodhi). ... Kodo Sawaki practicing zazen In Zen Buddhism, sitting meditation or zazen (Japanese: 座禅; literally seated concentration) is a meditative discipline practitioners perform to calm the body and the mind and experience insight into the nature of existence. ...

Virtues

Charity | Compassion | Integrity | Mercy | Seven virtues Jump to: navigation, search Virtue (Greek αρετη; Latin virtus) is the habitual, well-established, readiness or disposition of mans powers directing them to some goodness of act. ... Jump to: navigation, search Allegorical personification of Charity as a mother with three infants by Anthony van Dyck Charity is a term in Christian theology (one of the three theological virtues), meaning loving kindness towards others; it is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it... Compassion (in Pali: Karuna) is a sense of shared suffering, most often combined with a desire to alleviate or reduce such suffering; to show special kindness to those who suffer. ... Integrity comprises the personal inner sense of wholeness deriving from honesty and consistent uprightness of character. ... Mercy is a term used to describe the leniency or compassion shown by one person to another, or a request from one person to another to be shown such leniency or compassion. ... The Seven Virtues were derived from the Psychomachia, an epic poem written by Prudentius (c. ...

A spiritual practice, spiritual discipline or spiritual exercise (sadhana) includes any activity that one associates with cultivating spirituality. Spiritual practices, like meditation, yoga and vegetarianism, have traditionally been thought to characterize Eastern religion more than Western. Sadhana means spiritual exercise in Hinduism. ... Jump to: navigation, search Spirituality is, in a narrow sense, a concern with matters of the spirit, however that may be defined; but it is also a wide term with many available readings. ... Jump to: navigation, search Meditation refers to any of a wide variety of spiritual practices (and their close secular analogues) which emphasize mental activity or quiescence. ... Jump to: navigation, search Yoga is a family of spiritual practices that originated in what in the present-day is known as India, where it is seen primarily as a means to enlightenment (or bodhi). ... Jump to: navigation, search Vegetarianism describes a diet based on foods of plant origin, including fruits, grains, and nuts. ... The term Eastern world refers very broadly to the various cultures, social structures and philosophical systems of the East, namely Asia (including China, India, Japan, and surrounding regions). ... Jump to: navigation, search The term Western world or the West can have multiple meanings depending on its context. ...


Spiritual practices that have characterized Western religion include prayer, monasticism, chanting, celibacy, the use of prayer beads, and revivalism. Prayer is an effort to communicate with God, or to some deity or deities, or another form of spiritual entity, or otherwise, either to offer praise, to make a request, or simply to express ones thoughts and emotions. ... Jump to: navigation, search Monasticism (from Greek: monachos—a solitary person) is the religious practice of renouncing all worldly pursuits in order to fully devote ones life to spiritual work. ... A chant is the rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds, either on a single pitch or with a simple notes and often including a great deal of repetition or statis. ... Celibacy may refer either to being unmarried or to sexual abstinence. ... Jump to: navigation, search Prayer beads are traditionally used to keep count of the repetitions of prayers, chants or devotions. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Some martial arts, like Aikido and Jujitsu, are considered spiritual practices by their practitioners. Jump to: navigation, search Aikido (合気道 Aikidō, also 合氣道 using an older style of kanji), literally meaning harmony energy way, or with some poetic license, way of the harmonious spirit, is a gendai budo â€” a modern Japanese martial art. ... Jujutsu (also jujitsu, ju jitsu, ju jutsu, or jiu jitsu; from the Japanese 柔術 jūjutsu gentle/yielding/compliant Art) is a Japanese martial art. ...


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Aikido as a spiritual practice (1468 words)
For Ueshiba, Aikido practice was an extension of his religious practice as a devout member of Omoto-kyo, a faith founded in the 1890s by Nao Deguchi.
Specifically, misogi are practices for becoming spiritually pure, so that one can draw closer to the kami (the defining characteristic of kami is that they are pure, and it is humanities spiritual impurity which separates it from the kami).
Spiritual development is not an easy road, even for those people such as priests and monks who make it their life, and many of them fall down at it frequently, even as they keep on trying.
Council on Spiritual Practices (116 words)
he Council on Spiritual Practices is a collaboration among spiritual guides, experts in the behavioral and biomedical sciences, and scholars of religion, dedicated to making direct experience of the sacred more available to more people.
CSP has a twofold mission: to identify and develop approaches to primary religious experience that can be used safely and effectively, and to help individuals and spiritual communities bring the insights, grace, and joy that arise from direct perception of the divine into their daily lives.
The Council on Spiritual Practices has no doctrine or liturgy of its own.
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