Slowing Down in the City That Never Sleeps

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Things NYC is: fast, impatient, loud, exciting, sparkly, instantly gratifying.

Things it is not: a monastery.

When we moved here, we heard from a lot of evangelical friends and family that New York City could be damaging to our faith. Most of their warnings had to do with how secular and hedonistic the city is — all those worldly temptations. But, honestly, what we've found most wearing on our faith is the pace and noise of the city. Both of us long for and value a robust interior spiritual life. But New York is such an exterior city — a show-off city. Who has time for devotions amid all this distraction? We talk to fellow New Yorker Father James Martin about how he manages to cultivate quiet, spiritual disciplines that seem so at odds with the energy of the city. Plus, we learn all about the practice of "sound bathing," from religion journalist Liz Kineke.

Talking to God in Gotham isn't impossible. It just takes a lot of intentionality. And maybe a gong.

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