Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Spirit in Practice: An Adult Program for Developing A Regular Practice of the Spirit

Activity 3: Body Practices Brainstorm

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint
  • Markers
  • Easel
  • Masking tape (or other means for posting sheets of newsprint)
  • Optional: Microphone

Description of Activity

Invite the group to brainstorm ways in which the body can be an integral part of spiritual practice. Some possibilities include a martial art such as tai chi; fasting once a week or once a month; running, cycling, or swimming; sex; a tea ceremony; an evening bath; eating a meal with family or friends; cuddling with children. Write the group's ideas on newsprint.

If you fill more than one sheet of newsprint, post the sheets on the wall where everyone can see them. Discuss with participants:

  • What conclusions can you draw from looking at this list?
  • Would anyone who engages in one of these practices like to talk about how the practice has contributed to your spirituality?
  • Are there any practices listed here that you'd consider adding to your life? If so, which?

Keep the sheet(s) posted to refer to in Activity 5.

Including All Participants

Using a microphone for this activity helps more people hear one another.