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A Very Good Read
In our fast-paced environment, the slow savoring of ideas and concepts has gotten lost in the push for quickness and efficiency. The practice of spiritual reading is one way to regain a more balanced and meaningful interaction with the world around us. It can help us slow down so that information is allowed to seep unhurriedly into our heart, our mind, our soul, where it can be turned over and tasted like a fine well-aged wine. Spiritual reading is a ‘practice’ because it is counter-intuitive to our familiar form of reading. It is a form of meditation and reflection that calms a thumping heart to a gentle and silent beat. It is an exercise less concerned with swallowing everything before us, than with chewing small savory morsels that can actually work to change us from the inside out. A slow small meal of information becomes more nourishing to us than a feast eaten on the run. Surprisingly, the action of slowing our intake of information helps us slacken our pace as we walk through the world without – the world within.

--from “Spiritual Reading” by Renée Miller

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