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“On Faith and Commitment” – I chose these two big words for the live #SpiritChat conversation on Sunday, March 2nd 2014. Faith, because, it seems to pervade many aspects and actions of our lives. Commitment, because, it is tough to imagine the practice of Faith without it. Here are some notes on commitment, that inspired some of the ideas for the conversation.

You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers. -Les Brown
“Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.” ― Paulo Coelho
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” ― Bishop Desmond Tutu
Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. -Swami Sivananda
If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life? -Harvey Fierstein
The person who has inspired me my whole life is my Mom, because she taught me commitment. She sacrificed. -Mike Krzyzewski
Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. -John F. Kennedy

Here are the questions asked during the live chat. The answers were compiled using #storify and are available at The http://storify.com/ajmanik/faith-and-commitment-spiritchat-summary. A full, complete transcript is also available at https://www.hashtracking.com/reports/spiritchat/spiritchat/faith (1504 tweets, 134 contributors, 7.8M timeline deliveries, 0.85M reach). Enjoy!

Ready? Q1. For many, Faith is a ‘Big’ word. How big is it for you? What image(s) does it evoke? #SpiritChat

Q2. Do you check the health of your Faith regularly? What is its state? #SpiritChat

Q3. Other than fear, what are some obstacles that impact your Faith and its growth? #SpiritChat

Q4. What spiritual practice(s) tends to have the most impact on Renewal of your faith? #SpiritChat

Q5. On Faith and Commitment? Is there a connection for you? What is it? #SpiritChat

Q6. “Faith requires sacrifice, not convenient commitment”? Agree or Disagree? #SpiritChat

Q7. Is commitment to spiritual practice(s) enough? What else may we need…? #SpiritChat

Final Q8. To those seeking freedom in Faith and commitment… you would say? #SpiritChat