|NASA's Soil Moisture Active/Passive Mission launched January 31.|
What has this to do with the spiritual life??
- · Passive practices (sometimes called disciplines of abstinence) involve “sensing” or “absorbing” the Divine Presence in our lives. We often have to intentionally stop doing other things so we can make space for God. Practices such as silence, solitude, prayer (certain types), meditation, and study might fall into this category.
- · Active practices (sometimes called disciplines of engagement) are things we do that “send out a pulse” hoping to “sense the Divine”. We engage the world around us, we serve our neighbors far and near, and through these activitities, we experience God. Practices such as service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration are typically active practices.