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Photo: Tibetan Prayer FlagsMystery

The first edition of the series, "Mystery," deals with the tensions between our longing for certainty and the profound mysteries of our existence and creation.

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Photo: WaterfallPaying Attention

"Paying Attention" is the title for the second installment in Tom Spencer's "Soul of the Garden" series on spirituality.

The title is inspired by a line from Mary Oliver's famous poem "The Summer Day," where Oliver describes her wonder at the natural world and then says, "I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention." Like Oliver's poem, this piece explores what it means to look for and celebrate the sacred in everyday life.

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Photo: PigeonsCommunion

We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.
- Herman Melville

"Communion" explores the shared spiritual journey. In this piece, Producer Tom Spencer writes that "Spirituality is something to be shared with our brothers and sisters, not hidden from view." The featured guests reflect on the importance of community as a way to strengthen both our individual spiritualities and the web that binds us together.

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Photo: BridgePath of Practice

Life, to us, is a symbol to be lived.
- Lame Deer

The Path of Practice explores the necessity of actually putting our spirituality into practice and making it a central part of our everyday lives. In this piece, Spencer reflects on Buddhist teachings about "mindfulness" and the featured guests discuss the importance of "digging a little deeper" when it comes to the spiritual journey.

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Photo: DragonflyGratitude

Gratitude is Heaven itself.
- William Blake

This piece in the Soul of the Garden series deals with "Gratitude," a virtue that series producer Tom Spencer believes is the destination of the spiritual journey.

Gratitude starts with a reflection on the Book of Job from the Old Testament. According to Spencer, Job's is the ultimate story of bad things happening to good people. This is a story about finding comfort and gratitude in the worst of circumstances and coming to terms with our rather limited place in the grand scheme of the universe -- something that many people who have lost loved ones, suffered from a disease, or faced a disaster understand.

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This series is made possible thanks to a generous grant from KLRU supporter Douglas Drane.


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