Ways to practice Enthusiasm include spiritual mentors, emulation of saints, singing hymns, praise and gospel music, and the specific practices below.
Select a favorite hymn or religious song to use in a worship service or ritual. Encourage participants to really let themselves go as you sing it together. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, gave some very specific instructions for singing: "Sing lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength." .
- Tom Cowan in The Way of the Saints: Prayers, Practices, and Meditations describes the saints as spiritual ancestors.
- Sylvia Boorstein in It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness shares an example of how it's possible to be enthusiastic while stuck in traffic on a L.A. freeway.
- Rich Heffern in Daybreak Within: A Collection of Columns about Christianity as a Gateway Into a Sacred Adventure probes juicy people as ones who are living the spiritual practice of enthusiasm.
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