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8 Tips To Revive Your Religious Life In The New Year


First Posted: 12/31/11 09:00 AM ET Updated: 12/31/11 09:18 AM ET

Common wisdom holds that when the 'spark' going out of a couple's relationship, it is a good idea to get creative in rekindling the passion. The same can be true for people's relationship with the sacred. Sometimes we feel like we are just going through the motions and aren't really making a deep connection with the love, spirit, or clarity that sustained us in the past.

Just in time for the New Year, HuffPost Religion asked eight religious leaders and HuffPost Bloggers to offer their own particular wisdom for how to revive our religious lives in 2012. Enjoy!

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12. Do something really nice -- that no one knows about.
11. Spend more money on other people than I spend on my self. Love my neighbor as I love myself. And love myself as I love my neighbor.
10. Laugh often... especially at advertisements that try to convince me that I must buy more stuff in order to be happy.
9. Learn a new life skill - like carpentry, pottery, or canning vegetables. Teach someone else I life skill I know how to do.
8. Love a few people well, remembering that what is important is not how much we do but how much love we put into doing it.
7. Write a letter to someone I need to say thank you to. Write another letter to someone I need to ask to forgive me.
6. Track down a critic or someone I disagree with and take them to lunch. Listen to them.
5. Compliment someone I have a hard time complimenting... and mean it.
4. Choose life. Do something regularly to interrupt the patterns of injustice - do something to end violence, bullying, war, capital punishment and other mean and ugly things.
3. Pause before every crisis and ask "will this matter in 5 years?"
2. Get outside often and marvel at things like fireflies and shooting stars. And regularly get my hands into the garden... so when I type on the computer I can see dirt under my fingernails.
1. Believe in miracles. And live in a way that might necessitate one.
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