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This post is part of a series we’ve created to help you explore spiritual disciplines. Spiritual disciplines are simply repeated acts that connect your mind and heart to God. Learn more here.

Today, we’re going to explore how white space can enhance your relationship with God.

White space is creating opportunities to connect with God by intentionally seeking quiet and margin. The white space disciplines are often viewed as container disciplines, meaning they open up space for God’s transformation.  We’ve listed key white space disciplines in alphabetically order below. 

At the end of the post is a list of wonderful books that address multiple disciplines listed here.

FASTING

To abstain from a necessity, luxury, or distraction in order to increase personal awareness of the need for and presence of God. This discipline often facilitates a stronger prayer life.

SABBATH

To set aside a regular time without work or focus on everyday tasks and responsibilities. This discipline creates space for worship and offers the mind, body, and soul rest.

SILENCE/SOLITUTDE

While these are different practices, they often walk hand in hand. Each encourage you to draw away from everyday noise and distraction so that you can hear from God and examine your way of life.

Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Hayley Barton

SIMPLICITY

To inwardly begin to detach yourself from material goods, the approval of others, and your own wants so that you can love God with your whole self. It leads to outward changes such as consuming and owning less, and decreasing interest in other’s opinions.

Abundant Simplicity by Jan Johnson
The More of Less by Joshua Becker

 

SLOWING DOWN

To break the habit of living a hurried and busy life by intentionally creating time margin and reducing your physical and mental speed. This opens the door for connect with God and others.

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg
The Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling

UNPLUGGING

Turning off technology or removing yourself from it’s influence to create space for prayer, spiritual contemplation, rest, and connecting with others.

BOOKS THAT COVER MULTIPLE WHITE SPACE DISCIPLINES

The Common Rule by Justin Whitmel Early
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley (not a spiritual disciplines book per se, but has a lot to say about slowing down and unplugging)
Celebration of Disciplines by Richard Foster