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Spiritual Reading of the Day: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on resolving problems
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Today's Reading for Emotional Intelligence Month: Emotional Meltdown
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Current E-Courses
Living Your Legacy - Seeds, Blossoms, Fruits: with Sage-ing International; new in our Elder Spirituality Series
The Holy Fool - Finding Spiritual Liberation through Foolishness and Humor: with Thomas Moore
Zen and Everyday Life with Brenda Shoshanna
Lean In, Lighten Up and Let Go with Mary Dwyer

Updates

10/01/14
Naming the Days: The Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux
Praying the News: for Those in Their Prime Working Years Who Are Unemployed

09/30/14
Now on DVD: Chef, Lucky Them, Third Person
Naming the Days: Birthday of Rumi

09/29/14
At the New York Film Festival: Look of Silence, Hill of Freedom, Beloved Sisters

09/26/14
52nd New York Film Festival: See our reviews
Now in Theaters: Jimi: All Is by My Side

09/25/14
Navrati begins

09/24/14
Rosh Hashanah begins at nightfall
Birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald

09/23/14
Now on DVD: Free the Mind, Neighbors, We Are the Best!

09/22/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Who Are You?
Autumn Equinox: Reflections on the Season

09/21/14
International Day of Peace
Naming the Days: Birthday of Leonard Cohen

09/19/14
Now in Theaters: Life's a Breeze, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Pump, This Is Where I Leave You

09/18/14
Naming the Days: Dag Hammarskjold Day

09/17/14
Naming the Days: Feast Day of Hildegard of Bingen

09/16/14
Now in DVD: Burning Bush, Burt's Buzz, The Fault in Our Stars

09/15/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: In Praise of Doing the Same Thing All the Time

09/14/14
Naming the Days: Isadora Duncan Day

09/12/14
Naming the Days: Steven Biko Day
Now in Theaters: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Dolphin Tale 2, I Am Eleven

09/11/14
Anniversary of 9/11: Prayer, Art, Practices, Reflections

09/10/14
Support sites like S&P: Sign a letter to lawmakers about keeping the Internet fast and free
Opening Today: My Old Lady

09/09/14
Now on DVD: Ida, Teenage, Words and Pictures

09/08/17
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The New Sharing Economy
Praying the News: For Victims of Sexual Violence
Naming the Days: Birthday of Mary, the Mother of Jesus

09/07/14
National Grandparents Day

09/05/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Retirees with Time to Experiment
Naming the Days: Birthday of John Cage
Now in Theaters: Rocks in My Pocket

09/04/14
Praying the News: For Food-Insecure Households
Naming the Days: E. F. Schumacher Day

09/02/14
Now on DVD: Draft Day, Night Moves

09/01/14
Labor Day

08/29/14
Now in Theaters: The Congress, Life of Crime, Second Opinion

08/26/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Naming the Days: National Dog Day
Now on DVD: Belle, The Double, The Love Punch, The Normal Heart, Trust Me

08/25/14
Civility & Spirituality Blog: A New Civility Initiative in San Diego

08/22/14
New in Books: things, Jewish holiday, prophecy alive, a Christian theologian, story, peacemaking, Meister Eckhart, essays, contemporary art, second-wave spirituality, mending the Earth
Now in Theaters: Love Is Strange, The One I Love

08/21/14
Body Spirituality Blog: Saliva, A Bodily Overachiever

08/20/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Mental Illness Crisis

08/19/14
Now on DVD: Dancing in Jaffa, Fading Gigolo, Go for Sisters, Only Lovers Left Alive

08/16/14
New in Children's Books: nighttime, remembering, gratitude, St. Nicholas, creativity, loneliness, friendship, negativity, adventures, play, questing, respect, change, LGBT pride

08/15/14
Now in Theaters: The Giver, Jealousy, The Trip to Italy, A Will for the Woods

08/13/14
Praying the News: For Those Suffering from Depression

08/12/14
Now on DVD: Hateship Loveship, Bears, The Cold Lands, Summer in February, Locke
Praying the News: For Victims of Religious Hostility

08/11/14
Naming the Days: Feast Day of St. Clare

08/08/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Free to Choose
Now in Theaters: Fifi Howls From Happiness, The Hundred-Foot Journey, What If

08/06/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Louis Armstrong
Naming the Days: Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

08/05/14
Naming the Days: Isaac Luria Day
Now on DVD: Divergent

08/04/14
Body Spirituality: My Biological Clock and Life as a Lark
Praying the News: For Victims of the Ebola Virus
Naming the Days: Birthday of Raoul Wallenberg

08/03/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Maggie Kuhn

08/01/14
Now in Theaters: Calvary, Child of God, Finding Fela, Rabindranath Tagore, The Strange Little Cat

07/31/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: What Playfulness Can Do For You
Praying the News: For the Children of Gaza

07/29/14
New in Books: plants, grace, college chaplains, sabbath, food, common good, Tao of listening, Buddhism, Shamanism, parenting, compassion, children, land use, taming the ego, physical intelligence, authenticity
Now on DVD: Finding Vivian Maier, Noah, The French Minister, On My Way

07/28/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Confronting Ageism
Naming the Days: Birthday of Gerard Manley Hopkins

07/25/14
Now in Theaters: Happy Christmas, Lucy, Magic in the Moonlight

07/23/14
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

07/22/14
Now on DVD: Cesar Chavez, Heaven Is for Real, Transcendence, When the Iron Bird Flies

07/21/14
Praying the News: For the End of Violence in Palestine and Israel
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Future of Robot Caregivers

07/18/14
Now in Theaters: Alive Inside, I Origins, Me and You, Planes: Fire & Rescue

07/17/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: How a Password Changed One Man's Life for the Better
Naming the Days: Birthday of Abraham Joshua Heschel

07/15/14
Now on DVD: The Face of Love, Under the Skin

07/14/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Woodie Guthrie
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Touching the Earth for Our Adversaries

07/11/14
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!

07/10/14
Praying the News: For Desperate Children Fleeing Gang Violence

07/09/14
Spiritual Literacy Bog: Mixed Feelings about Watching Animals

07/08/14
Now on DVD: Bad Words, Le Week-End, Nymphomaniac Vols. I & II

07/07/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: We'd Rather Shock Ourselves than Sit Quietly Alone

07/05/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Hazrat Inayat Khan

07/04/14
4th of July Beyond Fireworks: Celebrating Our Interdependence
Now in Theaters: Begin Again, The Case Against 8

07/03/14
Remembering a Spiritual Master: Rebbe Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
The Ritual Space: A Receiving Ritual

07/02/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Amma: The Hugging Saint

07/01/14
Now on DVD: Like Father, Like Son; The Lunchbox

06/30/14
Praying the News: For More Respect and Civility in Politics
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Armed Drones and Perpetual War

06/28/14
Naming the Days: Ramadan Mubarak

06/29/14
Summertime and Living Takes Practice: Days 8 - 14

06/27/14
Naming the Dyas: Birthday of Helen Keller
Now in Theaters: Begin Again, Snowpiercer

06/22/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Heroes Who Practice "Mercy Medicine"

06/21/14
Summertime and Living Takes Practice: Simple practices for the first 7 days of summer
Summer Solstice: Observe it with a ritual by Edward Hays

06/20/14
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

06/19/14
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

06/17/14
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

06/16/14
New in Children's Book: sharing, affirmations, nonconformists, ethics, luck, control, heroism, parties, robots, friendship, travel, bird migration, enthusiasm

06/15/14
Father's Day: DVDs about dads
Naming the Days: Birthday of haiku poet Issa

06/13/14
Naming the Days: Feast Day of ST. Anthony of Padua
Now in Theaters: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Violette

06/12/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Anne Frank

06/11/14
Opening Today: Burning Bush
Praying the News: For Purpose in Life

06/10/14
Now on DVD: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, The Missing Picture, Omar, Tim's Vermeer
Naming the Days: Anniversary of the Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous

06/09/14
Civility & Spirituality Blog: Keeping Custody of the Tongue
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Silence as a Luxury Product

06/08/14
Naming the Days: Pentecost

06/06/14
Now in Theaters: Edge of Tomorrow; The Fault in Our Stars; Lucky Them; 2 Autumns, 3 Winters; Trust Me; Burt's Buzz

06/04/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Exit Baby Boomers, Enter Millennials
Body Spirituality Blog: My Wondrous Wrists

06/03/14
Now on DVD/Blu-Ray: Lone Survivor, When I Walk

06/02/14
Naming the Days: Saint John XXIII Day

06/02/14
Naming the Days: Anthony de Mello Day



 
The Human Age

Diane Ackerman is one of those creative souls who can lift our spirits with stirring and hopeful images of the future. Her 24th book takes us on a grand tour of the "Anthropocene" era when humans have become a species with "planetwide powers and breathtaking gifts." She recommends wonder as the practice that can energize and revitalize us in the present moment.
Read our review of The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us
Read an excerpt on on inhabiting both the real and the virtual worlds with presence.

E-Courses

STARTING SOON:
October 6 - October 31
Zen and Everyday Life with Brenda ShoshannaZen and Everyday Life with Brenda Shoshanna is a four-week online retreat with Zen Buddhism practitioner Brenda Shoshanna. She covers a variety of Zen practices designed to help you clear away confusion, discover your own answers, and express your unique response to what's happening all around you. She provides instructions in zazen (meditation), the nature of koans, confronting the hungry ghost, and meeting the monkey mind. Through emails and short audios sent three times a week, she addresses what it means to take care of ourselves and each other so that we live a life that matters and develop true compassion. Brenda will also be available to answer questions and provide feedback during a one-hour teleconference and in the online Practice Circle. Details here.

October 6 - October 31
Lean In, Lighten Up, and Let GoLean In, Lighten Up and Let Go: Practices for a Deeper Commitment to the Contemplative Life with Mary Dwyer is an interactive online retreat to encourage a life of prayer and practice both on the chair and in daily life. It is designed as a review of contemplative prayer practices and will support you in making a deeper commitment to your relationship with God. It will help you discern your own "rule of life" and will show you how to live out the truth of God's presence and action every day. E-course elements include email lessons, short videos, weekly teleconferences, and an online Practice Circle. Details here.

IN PROGRESS
September 8 - October 3
Living Your LegacyLiving Your Legacy: Seeds, Blossoms, Fruits is a four-week e-course in S&P's Elder Spirituality Series on ways to be intentional about the legacy we live and leave to our families, colleagues, and communities.

September 8 - October 3
The Holy FoolThe Holy Fool: Finding Spiritual Liberation in Foolishness and Humor is a four-week online retreat in which Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul) invites you to lighten up your spiritual life by embracing the Holy Fool and the spiritual and psychological benefits of making mistakes, living with imperfection, and using your silly ideas to get more in touch with your possibilities.
 
Climate Change

Climate Change We have seen a shift toward greater climate change awareness as more and more spiritual people have taken on this environmental, economic, and social problem as a central element in our spiritual activism. So we have searched through our resources and come up with a large cross-cut of our best content on this subject: quotes, e-courses, spiritual practices, films, books, organizations, teachers, and memes.
See our topic section on Climate Change
 
100 Best Transformational Movies

100 Best Transformational Movies Transformational movies reveal the astonishing ways in which human beings can be changed and set on a new path. We've curated a list of our favorite films in this spiritual genre. We hope you will use it when making your own movie viewing selections and share it with your friends and family.
See our list of the 100 Best Transformational Movies (pdf file). Clicking on the movie titles will take you to our full reviews.
 
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby - Them This is one of the best films of 2014. With a substantive and soul-stirring screenplay by first-time director Ned Benson and nuanced performances by James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain and a standout supporting cast, this movie provides us with an emotional lab where we can explore our feelings about love, loss, marriage, and family life.
Read our review of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them.
 
The Endless Practice

The Endless Practice Saying yes to life, patience, following our heart, doing small things with love, holding and listening, letting go and beginning again, and finding our way to the Sacred. These are some of the practices recommended by poet, philosopher, and spiritual teacher Mark Nepo in his new book. You will want to read this one slowly so that the wisdom and the epiphanies can simmer in your consciousness.
Read our review of The Endless Practice.
Read an excerpt on saying "yes!" to life.
See our profile of Mark Nepo in the Living Spiritual Teachers Project.
 
12 Quotes on Generosity

Darren has finished the 12s series on the practices in the Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy, so now he's taking requests. This month's gallery is on generosity and the many different ways there are to be generous. After viewing these inspiring examples, see how many more you can come up with on your own.
See the gallery
See all the 12s galleries
 
Elder Spirituality Project

Elder Spirituality Elder Spirituality is a focus whose time has come. Traditionally in the world's religions, the last stage of life is seen as a time for intensified spiritual work as well as for passing on wisdom to other generations. In 2013 Spirituality & Practice offered four e-courses for elders, and another one starts in September. Now we are launching a whole new section of the website to provide a wide-ranging selection of curated content on elder spirituality. Read what the time of spiritual elderhood means to us and what spiritual eldering practices do for us. Then explore quotes, practices, books, book excerpts, films, art, teachers, and articles on the spiritual adventure of the last stage of life.
Visit S&P's new section on
Elder Spirituality
.
 
New from Richard Rohr

Eager to Love "The Gospel is not a fire insurance policy for the next world, but a life assurance policy for this world." So writes Franciscan teacher Richard Rohr in his latest book, a portrait of Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) and his spiritual companion Clare. He shows how they modeled a Christian way of being through their love of the natural world, their humility and poverty, and their intimacy with God.
Read our review of Eager to Love.
Read an excerpt on love.
 
Spiritual Practices for Difficult Times

Elemental Figure sculpture Sir Joseph Epstein's sculpture "Elemental Figure" speaks to our feelings of grief and loss as we contemplate what's happening in our world — Gaza, ISIS in Iraq, Ebola, migrant children on the U.S. border, global warming. How do we respond to times when we feel anxious and defeated? We turn to our spiritual practices. Here are nine tried-and-true ones.
See our suggested spiritual practices for difficult times.
 
How to Be Spiritual But Not Religious

How to Be Spiritual But Not Religious Yoga and meditation teacher Victor M. Parachin, who has received two S&P Book Awards, has put together a wonderful collection of quotes, questions, lists, and practices for those want to use the "inherently flexible and flowing" teachers of the Eastern traditions to create their own unique hybrid spirituality. We love his questions for a Spiritual Self-Examination and his Ten Zen Commandments.
Read our review of How to be Spiritual But Not Religious.
See an excerpt on how you can become a sunbeam in someone else's life.
 
The Rebirthing of God

The Rebirthing of God John Philip Newell invites Christians to dream of a reborn Christianity that will carry great blessing for the world. This adventure is animated by a "radical reemergence of the Divine from deep inside us." Newell gets specific with eight features of this transformation. Then he introduces us to guides for each one, making this book both practical and inspirational.
Read our review of The Rebirthing of God
 
Belief Without Borders

Belief Linda Mercadante, a theology professor and Presbyterian minister, spent five years interviewing people who describe themselves as "Spiritual But Not Religious." She asked them about their views on the sacred, human nature, community, and the afterlife, and she was able to identify common themes in their perspectives. Her book is far and away the best assessment so far of this movement and its many meanings.
Read our review of Belief Without Borders
Take our e-course (available on-demand) on The Way of the Spiritually Independent with Rabbi Rami
Download our 24-page e-book "A Field Guide for the Spiritually Independent"
 
Lucy

What would happen if we could use 100% of our brainís capacities? Luc Bressonís ambitious and imaginative film Lucy explores this question. Scarlett Johansson plays a young woman given some drugs that amplify her mental, sensory, and physical powers. This action drama provides an informal tour of the brainís amazing powers.
Read our review of Lucy
See books on the brain.
 
Be Nobody

Here's an out-of-the-box book for spiritual mongrels, "nones," and "undos." It focuses on the helpful teaching of losing the somebody self, an antidote to the culture of narcissism.
Read our review of Be Nobody.
Read an excerpt on peace.
 
Whales

New threats to the survival of whales have put these mammals in the news. So we have curated our content on whales to give you a good sampling of all the many ways to appreciate them.
See our topic page on whales.
Read our review of War of the Whales
Take action for whales.
 
Spirituality & Practice Awards

Every December we announce our choices of the Most Spiritually Literate Films and the Best Spiritual Books of the Year. But some films and books are so good, we already know they will make our lists. So here are mid-year previews.
See our list of the most spiritually literate films so far.
See our list of the best spiritual books so far.
 
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
 
Living Spiritual Teachers

The Living Spiritual Teachers Project spotlights people from different religious and spiritual traditions we think you should meet on your spiritual journey. We now have profiles of more than 140 teachers and we are adding more all the time. Here are our latest additions.
Meet Mary C. Earle
Meet Denise Linn
See a list of all the Living Spiritual Teachers
 
New Books by S&P's Living Spiritual Teachers

Spiritual Guidance across Religions S&P's Living Spiritual Teachers Project salutes teachers we think you should meet on your spiritual journey. Three of them have new books out — and we highly recommend them!
See our review of Spiritual Guidance Across Religions by John R. Mabry and read an excerpt on questing
See our review of Convictions by Marcus J. Borg and read an excerpt on X - The Mystery
See our review of We Make the Road by Walking by Brian D. McLaren and read an excerpt on faith
 
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.
 
Laughing as a Spiritual Practice

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.
 
Praying the News

Praying the News The daily news summons us to prayer. The people, situations, events, facts, and trends of our times call out for our compassion and God's healing presence. In this blog we will pray in a variety of forms as we lift up the needs of the world.
Pray about the news.
 
Circles of Support

Please remember S&P when you are feeling generous! Be part of our global circle of people vitally engaged with the wisdom and practices of the spiritual traditions, living deeper and fuller lives, and serving our communities and the wider world.
Make a gift today.
 
Spiritual Literacy DVDs

This six-volume DVD series, consisting of 26 meditative and soul-stirring half-hour films, is based on Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat's bestselling book Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life. Award-winning filmmaker David Cherniack has married aha! passages from all spiritual traditions to sense-luscious visuals and emotionally vibrant music.
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