Instagrams of Faith At Denison

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By Mark Orten, Director of Religious & Spiritual Life

I asked a diverse group of thoughtful students “How do you practice your faith at Denison?”

Speaking from different perspectives about matters of faith and the practice of it, they offered some really creative “snapshots” of their take on the practice of faith at Denison:

“At Denison, even when you are walking across the campus you just look up at the sky, and all of the beauty of this place… just noticing it; that’s practicing.”

“College is busy, and so people say, ‘I don’t have time for formal practices.’ But you always have time to do something that is part of your faith —even if small. Even if you’re not doing something, that is a choice.”

“Yeah, I get ten instagrams a week from some of my friends. They took time to stop and take a photo! There’s time.”

“Why is it that “prioritizing” is something we understand as an educated community—we talk about it all of the time—but then when it comes to something important like this we don’t do it?”

“Finding a buddy for accountability is helpful.”

“You can’t let others keep you from doing what is important to you.”

“Sometimes it’s just certain rituals: like sitting with friends over coffee every day in Slayter and people-watching. There’s comfort in that. It’s just not the same when certain ones aren’t there. So it’s nice when you just know certain things are going to happen, and you can count on it.’

“Reflection is a way to practice. It helps with self-improvement and self-cultivation. We can learn what we are lacking through journaling, prayer, meditation–some form of reflection– especially where we are not surrounded only by people only of our own faith, as we were back home.”

“Keeping a booklist of inspirational reading is good practice. And strengthening personal practices such as yoga and meditation or prayer.”

“Sometimes just hugging, listening, smiling and simply saying, ‘So how was your day?’ like I saw two really tired college students do at the end of a day. It was really cute. That’s faith right there.”

So there you have it… from thoughtful students who’ve said it best. In summary, according to these snapshots, we need to notice what’s important to us, and find a way to prioritize it, and then make room for it in our schedules. We do best when we get help from others to support us. It’s good to reflect on it regularly, with intentionality. And, of course, be sure to check in with each other now and then!

丹尼森的信仰时刻

Mark R. Orten,宗教中心主任

我向很多来自不同背景的学生寻求一个问题的答案:“在丹尼森你是怎样练习自己的信仰?”

对于这个话题,他们从不同的视角给出了一些非常有创意的答案:

“在丹尼森的校园里行走,即使你只是抬头仰望天空,或是欣赏身边的美丽。。仅仅是去发现美,这就是一种信仰。”

“大学生活很忙碌,所以很多人说‘我没有时间去正式的履行信仰。’但是你总是可以有时间去做一些事情,作为信仰的一部分,即使是很小的事情。哪怕你什么也没有做,那也是一种选择。”

“我收到了来自朋友的10条Instgram,他们停下脚步拍照片并且发给了我。”

“‘优先’是我们作为一个社区都理解的概念,我们总是在谈论它,但当重要的事情出现在生活中的时候,为什么我们却没有做到给予他们优先考虑呢?”

“找到一个有责任心的伙伴是很有益的。

“不要让别人阻止你去做你觉得重要的事情。”

“有些时候信仰像是特定的仪式:就像与朋友坐在一起喝咖啡,看着身边的其他人。朋友不在身边的时候,即使做着同样的事情,也没有舒适的感觉。所以当你知道你可以依赖一些人,一些事的时候,感觉是很美好的。”

“反省是一种很好的练习方式,自我完善和自我培养。我们缺乏记录,祈祷,冥想,这些形式的反省,特别是当我们身边没有人,一个人在家的时候。”

“保持一张启发灵感的书单是很好的练习。瑜伽和冥想也是很好的办法。”

“有些时候只是拥抱,倾听,微笑和简单的说一句‘今天过得如何?’就像我看见两个疲倦的学生在一天快结束的时候互相问候。这是很温暖的时刻。这就是信仰”

有创见的学生们已经给出了最好的答案。我们需要留意哪些事情或者人对于我们是重要的,然后在我们的日程中给予他们优先的安排。别人的支持可以让我们做到最好。花些时间定期的思考这些问题,并与其他人交流对于我们是很有益的!

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