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April has been an exciting month in our weekly spiritchat discussions. We began with a discussion titled The Spirit of Compassion – a virtue that is thought to be essential to developing moral excellence and spiritual growth.

The second Sunday of April was Easter Sunday – when we paused for the holiday to let folks enjoy the spirit of renewal with friends, family and community.

…the heart and spirit of Easter is about faith, family, love, light, renewal, hope and remembrance – all those things are worth pausing for…

We did something different for the third Sunday – I invited a special guest, @acmullick – to share with us about the practice of meditation. At the outset, we realized that there are too many different aspects to meditation to cover in the space of one hour. So, this topic will be back in the future – to discuss more specifics of meditation. I would like, in particular, to explore the link between meditation and prayer.

The fourth Sunday of April (which happened to be Earth Day) started out as a discussion about education and learning and evolved into a chat about what nature and the earth can teach us. As always, a lot of questions were raised during this chat – some of which we will try and answer in future chats.

So, as another month is behind us and we prepare to step into May, we pause (as has become a little bit of a spirit chat tradition) – to look back on the month in the final week. Which topic impacted you most in April? What topics would you like to see discussed in the month of May? Is there a common thread between compassion, renewal, meditation and learning?

I invite you to join us in our weekly SpiritChat discussion on Sunday, April 29th at 9am ET / 1pm GMT.

Go ahead – invite a few friends too!

Kumud Ajmani

Update: Here is the transcript http://bit.ly/sc-tr-0429 and questions – thank you to all who shared in the discussion!

Q1. In your opinion, what is the best way to practice #compassion? #SpiritChat 

Q2. What prevents us from being #compassionate? How can we overcome it? #SpiritChat 

Q3. How can #meditation (or similar practices) lead us to more #compassion? #SpiritChat 

Q4. Can we learn #meditation by ourselves? Or do we need a technique and/or teacher? #SpiritChat 

Q5. What kind of #education do we need for spiritual progress? Or #SpiritChat 

Q6. What spiritual lesson(s) did you learn in April that will help you moving forward? #SpiritChat 

Q7. April was a month of renewal with #compassion and #meditation. What can we expect in May? #SpiritChat