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Ever feel spiritually dull? Ever have trouble praying because it seems like too much work? You’re not alone! Ever heard of acedia (also called accidie)? This word describes a condition of thought that’s been around for centuries. It’s something that has troubled people seeking a spiritual path in life for hundreds of years. It was described by early monks and theologians as a kind of “demon” and was more recently written about by Aldous Huxley as an affliction that’s actually grown in the modern age.
Acedia has been defined as an exaggerated form of indifference, laziness, apathy, boredom. In fact, it was identified as a precursor to one of the seven deadly sins, which was finally defined as sloth or “torpor.”
Let’s take a closer look at this problem and how we can approach it metaphysically, through prayer. Acedia is a phase of thought that would derail us from staying on our spiritual path. It would keep us from engaging in an authentic and inspiring way with the Divine.
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About the author
Deborah Huebsch is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher from San Juan Capistrano, California.
Robin Kadz, Nancy Boyer-Rechlin, George King
A shift at the office
E. Garrett Stone
Fasting from hatred and separation
Sacrifice and humility
Deep listening showed me the way
Muslim holiday of Ramadan begins
You are very important
A perfect heart
Back and arm pain healed
Eric D. Pagett
Sore throat 'dismissed'
Harry C. Sheridan with contributions from Walter S. Sheridan
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