SPIRITUAL LITERACY MONTH
Spiritual Literacy Month in December challenges us to read at least one book on spirituality. This December, we can broaden our minds or deepen our faith by reading a book (or 5) about spirituality, faith, or religion. It’s important to remember that you can be spiritual without being religious. Religion is organized and has specific beliefs that usually come with a strict set of rules. However, spirituality is more of just believing in something bigger than humanity and being empowered. Spiritually does not necessarily stick to a set of rules or believe precisely what someone else believes in. So, whether you’re spiritual, religious, or just plain curious, get reading this month to learn more about what stirs up the souls of others around you.
“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.” -Henry Ward Beecher
HOW TO OBSERVE #Spiritual Literacy Month
When you’ve decided which book(s) you want to read this month, snap a photo and share it on social media. Be sure to use #SpiritualLiteracyMonth or #SpiritualLiteracy. There are many reasons why reading a spiritual book is beneficial, too. Here are just a few of them:
- Simply put, it’s good for your soul. Reading a spiritual book opens your mind in ways you probably didn’t realize it could. It also offers an uplifting, refreshing view of the world and universe we live in.
- It will lower your stress levels. Studies show that reading spiritual literacy can improve mental and physical health. It can also help keep you calm in stressful situations.
- Reading spiritual books introduces you to a whole new world. Spiritual books can awaken you spiritually and mentally. They also open up your range of thinking and imagination to an entirely different level.
- It is exciting and fun! Even if you don’t agree with some of the viewpoints you are reading about, learning other perspectives and ideas will help you understand other people. You will also gain a well-rounded knowledge of others’ spiritual life.
SPIRITUAL LITERACY MONTH HISTORY
Authors, Frederic and Mary Brussat, founded Spiritual Literacy Month in 1996. They encourage people to read texts from all different religions to gain respect for the world’s religions and the spiritual traditions that come along with them.