Day Five of the 10 Days of Awe: Spiritual Experiences

Day Five Question:

Have you had any particularly spiritual experiences this past year? How has this experience affected you? "Spiritual" can be broadly defined to include secular spiritual experiences: artistic, cultural, and so forth.

This year I had one of those key-in-the-door providential epiphanies. I was standing at the entrance to Victory Point with my brand new key ready to start my first day of counseling. I literally pulled the key out of the lock and looked at it as if it had shocked me. All the other events of the past two years leading to this moment clicked together in one collaborative ah-ha!.  It was like I was opening the door into a spiritual awakening.

Nature, conversation, a good read, prayer, transition, music, meditation, athletic achievement, natural disaster, human compassion, a child's heart, life, death--nudges us for a deeper look into ourselves.

As you work on today’s question, I’ve tucked in a few quotes to inspire you. So tell me, what is spiritual to you?


The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. Leo Buscaglia

Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.  Franklin D. Roosevelt

You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.  Chardin

I see poetry as spiritual medicine. Mahmoud Darwish

I believe that music is a spiritual language. My everyday self is pretty mundane and boring, but when I'm making music it allows for me to communicate a kind of transcendence that I can't communicate otherwise.  Sufjan Stevens

Running is very spiritual for me. It is therapeutic; it clears my mind and helps me to focus.  Amy Locane

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. Khalil Gibran

The poetry of the earth is never dead.  John Keats