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• Spiritual Reading of the Day: Stephen K. Spyker on technology's impact
• More Spiritual Readings
• Today's Reading on Sacred Earth: Give Up Control
• More on Sacred Earth
• Practicing Spirituality with Teaching Stories: Led by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
• Forgiveness: A Growth in Love
• Remembrance: The Spiritual Practice of Zhikr with Kabir Helminski
Praying the News: For Those Who Are Grieving for the Passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
Opening Today: A Master Builder
Praying the News: For Personal Experience with Religious Groups
Now on DVD: Cesar Chavez, Heaven Is for Real, Transcendence, When the Iron Bird Flies
Praying the News: For the End of Violence in Palestine and Israel
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Future of Robot Caregivers
Now in Theaters: Alive Inside, I Origins, Me and You, Planes: Fire & Rescue
Spiritual Literacy Blog: How a Password Changed One Man's Life for the Better
Naming the Days: Birthday of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Now on DVD: The Face of Love, Under the Skin
Naming the Days: Birthday of Woodie Guthrie
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Touching the Earth for Our Adversaries
For Gaza/Israel: Wartime Prayers and Meditations
Naming the Days: Birthday of E. B. White
Now in Theaters: Boyhood, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Land Ho!
Praying the News: For Desperate Children Fleeing Gang Violence
Spiritual Literacy Bog: Mixed Feelings about Watching Animals
Now on DVD: Bad Words, Le Week-End, Nymphomaniac Vols. I & II
Spiritual Literacy Blog: We'd Rather Shock Ourselves than Sit Quietly Alone
Naming the Days: Birthday of Hazrat Inayat Khan
4th of July Beyond Fireworks: Celebrating Our Interdependence
Now in Theaters: Begin Again, The Case Against 8
Remembering a Spiritual Master: Rebbe Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
The Ritual Space: A Receiving Ritual
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Amma: The Hugging Saint
Now on DVD: Like Father, Like Son; The Lunchbox
Praying the News: For More Respect and Civility in Politics
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Armed Drones and Perpetual War
Naming the Days: Ramadan Mubarak
Summertime and Living Takes Practice: Days 8 - 14
Naming the Dyas: Birthday of Helen Keller
Now in Theaters: Begin Again, Snowpiercer
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Heroes Who Practice "Mercy Medicine"
Summertime and Living Takes Practice: Simple practices for the first 7 days of summer
Summer Solstice: Observe it with a ritual by Edward Hays
Naming the Days: World Refugee Day
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Car Miracles and Prayers
Praying the News: For More Religious Hospitality
Now in Theaters: Code Black, Jersey Boys, The Last Sentence, A Summer's Tale, Third Person
New in Books: poetry, 365 prayers, economic inequality, music, wisdom teachings, generations,values, lunch, technology, digital age, female spiritual teachers, Zen Buddhism, Sufism, world's religions, hugging saint, working women
Naming the Days: John Wesley's Birthday
Now on DVD/Blu-Ray: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, The Lego Movie, The Machine, 2 Autumns 3 Winters
New in Children's Book: sharing, affirmations, nonconformists, ethics, luck, control, heroism, parties, robots, friendship, travel, bird migration, enthusiasm
Father's Day: DVDs about dads
Naming the Days: Birthday of haiku poet Issa
Naming the Days: Feast Day of ST. Anthony of Padua
Now in Theaters: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Violette
Naming the Days: Birthday of Anne Frank
Opening Today: Burning Bush
Praying the News: For Purpose in Life
Now on DVD: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, The Missing Picture, Omar, Tim's Vermeer
Naming the Days: Anniversary of the Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous
Civility & Spirituality Blog: Keeping Custody of the Tongue
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Silence as a Luxury Product
Naming the Days: Pentecost
Now in Theaters: Edge of Tomorrow; The Fault in Our Stars; Lucky Them; 2 Autumns, 3 Winters; Trust Me; Burt's Buzz
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Exit Baby Boomers, Enter Millennials
Body Spirituality Blog: My Wondrous Wrists
Now on DVD/Blu-Ray: Lone Survivor, When I Walk
Naming the Days: Saint John XXIII Day
Naming the Days: Anthony de Mello Day
Now Showing: The Normal Heart, Night Moves, We Are the Best!
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Skimming & Sharing
Naming the Days: Birthday of G. K. Chesterton
Now on DVD: Child's Pose, Run & Jump
Memorial Day: a time for remembrance and reconciliation
Naming the Days: Birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson
New Films: Words and Pictures, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Love Punch, Lila, Lila
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Next Revolution in Digital Technology: Part 2
Now on DVD: The Jewish Cardinal, God Loves Uganda, Like Someone in Love, The Monuments Men, Stay
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Next Revolution in Digital Technology
Praying the News: For the Victims and Families of the Turkish Mine Disaster
Now in Theaters: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, Chinese Puzzle, Cyber-Seniors, The Immigrant, Million Dollar Arm, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
Praying the News: The Death Penalty
New in Books: love, book series on our digital world, conversation, doing less, worries according to scientists, Jesus as a migrant, objects in religious life, awakening, energy crisis, change, home, border patrol
Now on DVD: After Tiller, Her, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, Speak the Music, Tanta Agua
Praying the News: For the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
Mother's Day: Honoring Our Many Mothers
Naming the Days: Daniel Berrigan's Birthday
Now in Theaters: Bright Days Ahead, Chef, The Double, Neighbors
Body Spirituality Blog: My Unruly Bushy Eyebrows
The Ritual Space Blog: 5 Senses Meditation
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Skyrocketing Prison Population Devastating U.S. Society
Now on DVD: Still Mine, Simon and the Oaks
Naming the Days: Be Kind to Animals Week begins
Naming the Days: Birthday of Pete Seeger
Now in Theaters: Belle, For a Woman
Naming the Days: May Day - Belthane
Praying the News: A Lament for Dismaying Global Trend
New in Books: seiki jutsu, darkness, authentic living, faith
Now on DVD: Gloria, Labor Day, These Birds Walk
Now in Theaters: Locke, The Machine, Who Is Dayani Cristal?
Praying the News: Gratitude for Diversity in Marriage
Now Available for Streaming: Hide Your Smiling Faces
Naming the Days: Earth Day
Two events have turned our attention this week to whales: (1) a book, War of the Whales
, on how whales have become victims of the U.S. Navy's sonar systems in the name of national security; and (2) a decision by the Obama Administration to allow seismic blasting off the East Coast, despite knowing it will lead to the deaths of countless whales and other marine beings. And so we have curated our content on whales — books, children's books, DVDs, quotes, excerpts, prayers, and organizations defending them — to give you a good sampling of all the many ways to appreciate these marvelous mammals.
See our topic page on whales
Read our review of War of the Whales
Take action for whales.
June 29 - July 25Remembrance: The Spiritual Practice of Zhikr with Kabir Helminski
is a four-week e-course for Ramadan, led by Sufi shaikh Kabir Helminski, open to people of all religious traditions. Remembrance of God is a knowing of the heart that results in a continuous awareness of divine support and guidance. We will learn the spiritual practice of zhikr, sustaining remembrance through chanting the Divine Names, through the breath, through awareness of the heart, and through reflections on our actions. Read more and sign up here.
July 14 - August 22Practicing Spirituality with Teaching Stories
is a new 40-day e-course led by S&P's Co-Directors Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. They will share their favorite teaching stories, gathered from different spiritual traditions, and present ways for you to access their wisdom for your own life. Like the stories themselves, the e-course will be open-ended and interactive as participants share insights in the online Practice Circle. Read more and sign up here.
August 4 - August 29Forgiveness: Growth in Love
is a one-month retreat on forgiveness as a divine gift of love and a movement of love that reveals the truth of our nature. Emails three times a week contain essays on various aspects of this practice, step-by-step instructions in the contemplative Prayer of Forgiveness, mini-practices for daily life, Q&A with the retreat leaders, and links to an online gallery of quotations, audio and video clips, and online Practice Circle for discussion with other participants. This is one of e-courses in the series "A Path into Divine Love: Celebrating 30 Years of Grace & Gratitude." Read more and sign up here.
I Origins: A Scientist's Spiritual Journey
Writer and director Mike Cahill has created a fascinating film that asks us to ponder the meaning of faith, destiny, scientific truth, and the soul's journey after death. A scientist researching the evolution of eyes stumbles upon some even bigger questions. Our review includes quotations about the mystery of eyes. "When we hold the gaze of another," says Will Johnson, "we hold and cradle his or her soul."
Read our review of I Origins
Coping with Negativity
Unhappiness or negativity is a disease on our planet," Eckhart Tolle has correctly observed. What pollution is on the outer level, negativity is on the inner. It seems to be everywhere in our society and it's nearly impossible to escape its reach. As spiritually literate people, we can use spiritual practices as antidotes to the negativity afoot in our private and public lives.
Read about our antidotes to negativity.
Movies about Native Americans
Native Americans have great respect for diversity and recognize that there are many teachers all around us. We curated a collection of 20 feature films and documentaries which give insights into Native American history, culture, tradition, and clashes with white America.
See movies about Native Americans
Wisdom from the Mulla
One of the delights of the Sufi tradition are the teaching stories of the trickster known as the Mulla. Imam Jamal Rahman introduces us to him and comments on these humorous tales.
See our review of Sacred Laughter of the Sufis.
Movies about Life in the Age of HIV/AIDS
HBO's riveting drama The Normal Heart
reminds us of how films about people living with HIV/AIDS have put a human face on the crisis. We've put together a collection of movies that provide entry points into the meaning of this health crisis and opportunities for developing compassion and empathy for those affected by it.
See our review of The Normal Heart.
See our collection of movies about HIV/AIDS.
People living together with a common purpose, working cooperatively to create a lifestyle that reflects their shared values: these intentional communities are springing up all over the place. We've curated our content on this topic, identifying their forerunners, pioneers and perfectors; finding models of them in movies and children's books; and discovering perspectives on them in our book excerpts and quotations.
See our topic page on intentional communities
Laughing as a Spiritual Practice
"Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God," according to theologian Karl Barth. How true. We include laughter under the spiritual practice of play
, but we've found it so personally valuable on our spiritual journeys that we decided it needs its own "topic" page. We hope it makes you laugh.
See S&P's content about laughter
including quotes, books, DVDs, excerpts, and practices.
Visit our Pinterest Humor board
where we've pinned some cartoons and memes that make us laugh.
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