Here are ten ways to enhance a school leader’s spiritual life by using beauty while having a conversation with God.

 

  1. Find a beautiful church to sit in. If magnificent cathedrals feel overwhelming or there are none nearby, find one with simple beauty—a statue, painting, stained glass windows, stations of the cross, crucifix, or beautiful tabernacle that you can soak in while in the presence of God.
  1. Use nature. Research shows that nature has a calming effect on us. Find a place to experience that—a forest, a mountain view, a creek, a garden…even a snow hill sparkling in the sunlight. Thank God for his care that he even provides for our senses.
  1. Art. Go to a museum, watch a video about art, look up beautiful art in the library on the Internet, sit before a picture in your home that you enjoy. Consider the talent God gives to people so to give glory to him and enjoyment to us.
  1. Music. There is a reason we say to “lift your voices.” Beautiful music seems to rise to heaven as it also lifts our spirits. Sacred music, glory and praise, choir, or beautiful symphonies, can lift our spirits to the harmony of our soul in union with God.
  1. Books. Look back over favorite book that have lifted your spirit. The Bible is a good start. Ask friend what their favorite book are. Order books you have always wanted to read.
  1. Find a beautiful prayer book. The prayers and litanies—old, new, and from the Mass—offer spiritual beauty in a book that lifts the senses just holding and looking at.
  1. Plan a pilgrimage to a holy site or take a simple car trip. Traveling to beautiful and holy places feeds the spirit and a sense of adventure at the same time. Since there are such places throughout the country, there may be something very near to you.
  1. Watch an inspirational movie. There are endless stories, documentaries, and lives of the saints on video or online.
  1. Get a beautiful rosary. Of course, it is not necessary because prayer is communication with God from the heart. Sometimes, I use a simple rosary finger ring, but a beautiful rosary adds an element of enjoyment by engaging my senses.
  1. Focus on your faculty/staff directory and pray for each staff member and their family – one at a time.