Some Thoughts and Songs on Spirituality — 32 Comments

  1. Lovely, Natalie. My mom used to sing “From both sides now” as a lullaby to me and my sister when we were kids ~ so I just love it! Thanks for sharing this part of yourself ~ I love your approach and also think it is so much more about ‘living the questions’ than it is finding the answers.
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  2. Oh, Natalie. I love everything about this post. I love your thoughts on spirituality. I love the way you have tentatively – but bravely – opened up this part of yourself. And I love the music. I feel privileged to know these things about you now. I have no doubt that if we had the chance to sit down over a cup of coffee, we would have much to talk about and share. Thanks for sharing this and opening yourself up. XOXO
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  3. Wow, Natalie! This is amazingly wonderful. I love how much you’ve opened yourself up here, although I’m sad that your faith has been ridiculed in the past. You’re so right that art and beauty and the creation of it all brings us closer to God. Also, we used to sing “Both Sides Now” – Joni Mitchell at summer camp when I was a kid. I sing it to this day (not well but it still moves me and that’s what’s it really about).
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  4. Great idea. I’ve opened my blog up to spiritual matters a few times, and it’s opened up interesting discourse. Music is the bedrock of my faith (more so than the Bible), and so I completely understand where you are coming from with this entry. For me, it has been Jars of Clay, Gungor (recently), Collective Soul (believe it or not), and Delirious that have helped me through some hard times. For hymns: Old Rugged Cross and It is Well With my Soul.
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    • I’m still kind of afraid of those kinds of discourses. I don’t feel as if I have enough answers to engage in any kind of debate, so I generally avoid them for now.
      And great bands/songs you listed. Love those hymns. And yes, Collective Soul I also consider to have some spiritually themed songs.

  5. I’m glad you shared your faith in this post – I understand being hesitant to do that. You write eloquently about your spiritual journey – all of our journeys. I really enjoyed reading this and listening to the songs you chose.
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  6. I love how you handled this topic and the post. Faith can be a sensitive issue at its best – so I can’t imagine how it feels to have had yours challenged and ridiculed. So sorry to hear that.

    You did this beautifully. I had only known the Indigo Girls one previously. Courtesy of this hop, I’ve also come across the Joni Mitchell one too. I loved the Alan Jackson song you ended with – and the message in Let That be Enough.
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  7. I really love your picks Natalie. Really cool that we both picked Joni! And Graham Nash – Joni’s ex. Great connection there. Closer To Fine!!! This song has always been a favorite – perfect for this list. I never heard the Supertramp song and it’s been a Supertramp week, so thank you for introducing me to that one. Spirituality is a personal thing, so thanks for sharing this with us. Music is such a great means of communication when for the more sensitive subjects – I agree.
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  8. I think we’re soul mates. 🙂
    I know, I’m jumping the gun but Indigo Girls *sigh*, Supertramp *yay*, Joni Mitchell *love*

    Both sides now is the ultimate in spiritual isn’t it?
    Looking at something from every side and coming to terms with the fact that you still don’t understand it.

    I loved your list, it sang to my soul.
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  9. “Let that be enough” is one of my favorite songs!… the lyrics are so perfectly beautiful. I can relate so much to this post and agree that art and music are the biggest inspirations for spiritual enlightenment and inspiration. Having grown up with you I know we’ve discussed our faith many times and it is a forever growing & changing process- but a process that becomes more grounded, deep and connected (instead of a confused ideal of what we should be in order to “deserve” love from God- such a silly notion isn’t it?… when you take into context of who Jesus was) and you totally took me back to when we sang at your grandmothers funeral :’) (can’t believe after all these years I still remember the words). BTW another favorite is “Blessings” (Laura Story) It’s helped give me perspective through tough times and I believe everything that happens has a time and a reason. Even the events we perceive as being “bad” can be a catalyst for good (I think you’d agree 😉

    • I know. I appreciate those talks with you so much. Having grown up together, I think we understand where we’re coming from, which I appreciate so much. It’s so nice to have someone to walk the journey with. And I’m still grateful it was you who got to sing at my grammy’s funeral – it meant so much.
      I’ll have to listen to that song.
      I agree with you, 100%. Some of the worst things in life have turned out to be the best things that could have happened to me.

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