Workshop 5: Mind Practices Part of Spirit in Practice In This Section Introduction From Spirit in Practice I call that mind free, which escapes the bondage of matter, which, instead of stopping at the material universe and making it a prison wall, passes beyo... Workshop-at-a-Glance From Spirit in Practice Activity Minutes Welcoming and Entering 0 Opening 5 Activity 1: Sharing Names 5 Activity 2: The Story of the Mystic and the Scientist 10 Activity 3: Wha... Spiritual Preparation From Spirit in Practice Leaders are encouraged to prepare for the workshop not only by gathering supplies and reviewing the workshop's activities, but also by completing the... Welcoming and Entering From Spirit in Practice Materials for Activity Sign-in sheet (see Preparation) Pen or pencil Name tags Bold markers Copies of Spirit in Practice Series Schedule (see Preparatio... Opening for Workshop 5: Mind Practices From Spirit in Practice Activity time: 5 minutes Materials for Activity Altar or centering table Cloth for covering altar or centering table Chalice and candle Matches or light... Activity 1: Sharing Names From Spirit in Practice Activity time: 5 minutes Materials for Activity Optional: Microphone (preferably cordless) Preparation for Activity Be sure that participants have made... Activity 2: The Story Of The Mystic And The Scientist From Spirit in Practice Activity time: 10 minutes Materials for Activity Review the story in advance so that you can present it effectively.... Activity 3: What Fascinates You? From Spirit in Practice Activity time: 20 minutes Materials for Activity Review the handout in advance so that you can present it effectively. Activity 4: The Mind And The Religious Journey From Spirit in Practice Activity time: 15 minutes Materials for Activity Copies of Handout 2: Stages of Spiritual Growth (one per participant) Optional: Microphone (preferably... Closing From Spirit in Practice Activity time: 5 minutes Materials for Activity Altar or centering table Cloth for covering altar or centering table Chalice and candle Chalice... Leader Reflection and Planning From Spirit in Practice After the workshop, co-leaders should make a time to get together to evaluate this workshop and plan future workshops. Use these questions to guide your... Alternate Activity 1: Where Are We Now? From Spirit in Practice Activity time: 30 minutes Materials for Activity Questions listed on newsprint or a digital slide (see Preparation) Clock, watch, or timer Bell Optional... Taking It Home From Spirit in Practice Use your responses on Handout 1: Identifying a Mind Practice to engage with something that fascinates you. If you journal, take some time afterward to... The Mystic and the Scientist From Spirit in Practice One day a Religious Man approached a Mystic and asked, “Does God exist?” “Allow me to go within for an answer,” the Mystic replied. Handout 1: Identifying a Mind Practice From Spirit in Practice This exercise is designed to help you develop and nurture spiritual practices of the mind. Respond to the following questions: 1. What fascinates me? 2. Handout 2: Stages of Spiritual Growth From Spirit in Practice WHAT STAGE ARE YOU IN? A Faith Stage Checklist from Finding Your Religion by Scotty McLennan (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999) Reprinted with permission. Stage... Find Out More From Spirit in Practice McLennan, Scotty. Finding Your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has Lost Its Meaning. HarperSanFrancisco, 1999. Murry, William. Reason and... PREVIOUS: Find Out More UP: Spirit in Practice NEXT: Introduction Download all of Spirit in Practice (Word) (PDF) to edit or print.