Miscellaneous Recommendations

Various things which I'd recommend trying out


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The Liturgists

The Liturgists Podcast is not for the faint of heart. The podcasters dissect, inspect, then rejuvenate, and find inspiration in a variety of cultural experiences, spiritual beliefs, and everything else they care about. Somehow, the majority of those interviewed, and those hosting the podcast, still ascribe to Christian beliefs. The best way to describe them is from their own website

"The Liturgists are a global community working to subvert the barriers our society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Our work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative art. We believe there is room at the table for all who are hungry."

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Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer is a way of praying that was not introduced to me until later in life, but after looking into it, seems so intuitive. Intimate, quiet, open- armed moments with God? Sound wonderful. It's just so hard to do. I initially wanted to recommend "Mindfulness Practice", but knew that it is only a tool in the kit of life, without prayer it doesn't have enough meaning to me. Mindfulness, to be honest, was laughable to me for a long time. I saw it as a silly, flimsy attempt at spirituality without God. However, I have to bite my tongue a bit, because it was very important as a psychological practice for me to deal with insomnia, and it was very successful. That said, I cannot see it in my life as a regular practice. I think that Contemplative Prayer, or Centering Prayer, holds the skills of mindfulness, with the meaning of prayer. Check it out!

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San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

The Indigenous Cultural Safety Training put together by the Providence Health Care Authority of BC is a great resource for people who don't want to enrol in a formal college course, but want to educate themselves on the basics of colonialism and it's negative effects on Indigenous people. Further courses offer non-indigenous people assistance in decolonizing themselves. Although it says that it is important for certain professions to complete, I'd say it's helpful for any Canadian who wants to improve the country for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. It costs a bit of money, but once you pay for the first course, you have access to all of their other training related to this site, including training that isn't even listed until you've completed a Core class. So far I've taken three courses for the initial fee, and there's another one that I intend to take at a later date.