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Acts of devotion produce self-discipline

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“A devotional life is one lived in the presence of the Lord.”
— Author unknown

There are many ways to practice devotion. For some, it is finding a quiet place in which to pray; for others it is taking a pilgrimage to some special place in which to connect with God, nature, or one’s self; for yet others, it is listening to (or playing) music that brings one into harmony and peace.

Whatever your method (and believe me, we all engage in acts of devotion whether we know it or not), they are a sign and symbol of how we are connected to God, the divine, or even the “Force.”

Even atheists and agnostics have a devotional life. Not believing in God, they ARE their own higher power, and so they devote their time and energy to the worship of that in which they do believe, whether it is power, influence, or the pleasures of a hedonistic life. They know there is life beyond themselves, and so they do those things that cultivate their relationship to that higher power, however they define it...


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