Parabola Podcast, Episode 9: “Spiritual Practice”

“Often I have come across stern pronouncements directed at people like me: One cannot dabble, say the priests and scholars. Spirituality is not a tasting menu. “New Agers” who borrow a bit of this religion and a bit of that, while discarding the parts they don’t like, will never have anything but a shallow and delusional relationship with the sacred. Respectfully, I disagree. Seeking itself can be a practice. And what I have discovered, over and over again, is that the more open I am to finding the holy in any place, time, or circumstance, the more likely I am to be invited into a brief encounter with it.”

– Trebbe Johnson, “Devoting”

Story editor Betsy Cornwell explores our Fall 2014 issue, “Spiritual Practice,” in Parabola’s monthly twenty-minute podcast. This episode includes the complete “Devoting” essay, as well as Richard Packham’s “Atheist Prayer.”

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Music: Dreaming, Op. 15 No. 3 (1892), composed by Amy Beach.

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Betsy Cornwell is Parabola’s story editor. She is the author of the novels Tides, Mechanica, and Venturess.

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