For many rebooters, the quest for renewal has a strong spiritual component. There are many reasons.
One is that as people enter what might be called the “fourth quarter” of the game of life, many experience a heightened sense of spirituality and a need to have a solid connection to the God of our conviction.
Another is that as we put aside our “work” career, we often turn to our true passion for our encore career. For many people, the new career driven by our passion is “good works” that fulfill our deepest need to make a positive difference in the world. Maybe we have not had, or made, time to follow that passion or “calling” earlier.
A true reinvention is not a trivial occurrence in our lives. It involves thought, soul- searching, introspection, and frequently prayer.
Fortunately, there is an abundance of resources to make the spiritual journey a deeply significant renewal. In every faith there are books, websites, seminars, videos, podcasts, courses, retreats and inspirational leaders to help you on the way. Communities of friends in the church, synagogue or mosque can provide support and encouragement to those searching for a new path. Look into what your denomination may be offering in senior ministries or adult programs.
Click here for some books on spiritual renewal that have been recommended to RebootYou. Below are descriptions of two websites you may find helpful in providing spiritual reinforcement or inspiration as you consider reinvention, www.explorefaith.org and www.aleph.org. The language is quoted from each website:
Explorefaith.org — www.explorefaith.org
“Explorefaith.org is a community of faith dedicated to sharing beliefs and experiences with anyone seeking answers to spiritual questions. Launched in 1999, explorefaith.org is a non-profit organization with a growing list of Partner Churches that support its mission and development. Explorefaith.org and its associates are deeply committed to ongoing spiritual formation for people of all ages and all backgrounds, living in countries around the world.
“We believe in an embracing, forgiving and merciful God whose chief characteristic is love. We believe God is constantly reaching out to us and that we can experience the heart of God through Jesus Christ. We believe that Christ bridges the chasms that separate us from God, and we seek to follow Christ's teachings in faith and action.
“Our sole reason for being is to provide an open, non-judgmental, private place for ANYONE interested in exploring spiritual issues. Our simple goal is to help you move along your journey in faith by providing rich and varied material about God, faith and spirituality.
“We celebrate diversity and respect the insights that can be gained through the wisdom of different denominations and religious traditions. Modeled upon the Episcopal approach to Christianity (open, experiential, ecumenical, emphasizing grace, forgiveness, and God's love), Explorefaith.org displays an openness to, and appreciation of a broad range of ideas, and a concurrent belief that through Jesus Christ we can experience the heart of God.”
(Language from the website www.explorefaith.org)
ALEPH — Alliance for Jewish Renewal — www.aleph.org
“ALEPH is a core institution in the Jewish Renewal movement, dedicated to the Jewish people's sacred purpose of partnership with the Divine in the inseparable tasks of healing the world and healing our hearts.
“Jewish renewal is a worldwide, transdenominational movement grounded in Judaism’s prophetic and mystical traditions. Jewish renewal carries forward Judaism’s perpetual process of renewal.
“Jewish renewal seeks to bring creativity, relevance, joy, and an all embracing awareness to spiritual practice, as a path to healing our hearts and finding balance and wholeness—tikkun halev. Jewish renewal acts to fully include all Jews and to respect all peoples.
“Jewish renewal helps to heal the world by promoting justice, freedom, responsibility, caring for all life and he earth that sustains all life —tikkun olam.
“ALEPH supports and grows the worldwide movement for Jewish renewal by organizing and nurturing communities, developing leadership, creating liturgical and scholarly resources, and working for social and environmental justice.
“ALEPH has attracted and energized thousands of seekers returning to Judaism, including many whose journey has led them through other spiritual traditions.”
(Language from the website www.aleph.org)
Last revised November 2007