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Book of the month: An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor

By Michal Spiegelman

Book of the month: An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown TaylorWhen I teach Reiki, I’m often asked questions about religion and faith. Is Reiki a religion? No, it’s not. It’s a profound spiritual practice that is not limited to any religious tradition. Reiki comes, I believe, from the source of all human beings.

Barbara Brown Taylor, the author of this book, an Episcopal priest since 1984, served urban and rural parishes before leaving parish ministry to become a teacher in 1998. While she still preaches and teaches at churches and universities across the country, she writes more and more for the “spiritual but not religious” crowd.

I heard about this book from a dear friend, a Jewish Rabbi, who was inspired by her writing and thought I would be too. I was.

Taylor reveals meaningful ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see, beginning with simple practices such as walking and working. Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of meditation if we pay attention to what we’re doing and take time to notice the sights, smells, and sounds around us. Making eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store becomes a moment of true human connection. Allowing yourself to get lost leads to new discoveries.

As we incorporate these practices into our daily lives, we begin to discover altars everywhere we go, in nearly everything we do. Through Taylor’s expert guidance we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and appreciate the world we live in.

Her book is a practical spiritual guide of everyday living.

One of my favorite parts of the book is ?The Practice of Wearing Skin?

Taylor talks about being comfortable living in your own body: ?Whether you are sick or well, lovely or irregular, there comes a time when it is vitally important for your spiritual health to drop your clothes, look in the mirror, and say: Here I am. This is the body-like-no-other that my life had shaped. I live here. This is my soul’s address.?

An inspiring book to have on your nightstand and read a chapter every time you need to feel connected and loved.

Meet Michal
Michal Spiegelman

Michal Spiegelman is Medical Intuitive who helps women get to the root source behind disease, disharmony, imbalance, stress, and trauma-related conditions.

Having studied in Israel, Germany, England, and the U.S., Michal is a Certified Professional Coach, a Reiki Master, and a former social worker who brings years of experience working with a variety of modalities into her intuitive teachings, coaching and mentoring.

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