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Spiritual Reading of the Day: Thich Nhat Hanh on transformation
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Today's Reading on Everyday Mysticism: All Life Engulfed in God
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Current E-Courses
Practicing Spirituality with Teaching Stories: Led by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Forgiveness - A Growth in Love: with Contemplative Outreach
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


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

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

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

Praying the News: For Those Suffering from Depression

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

Naming the Days: Feast Day of St. Clare

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

Naming the Days: Birthday of Louis Armstrong
Naming the Days: Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

Naming the Days: Isaac Luria Day
Now on DVD: Divergent

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

Naming the Days: Birthday of Maggie Kuhn

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

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

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

Spiritual Literacy Blog: Confronting Ageism
Naming the Days: Birthday of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Now in Theaters: Happy Christmas, Lucy, Magic in the Moonlight

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

Elder Spirituality Project

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


July 14 - August 22
Practicing Spirituality with Teaching StoriesPracticing Spirituality with Teaching Stories is a new 40-day e-course led by S&P's Co-Directors Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. They are sharing their favorite teaching stories, gathered from different spiritual traditions, along with a process for accessing the wisdom. Like the stories themselves, the e-course is open-ended and interactive as participants share insights in the online Practice Circle. Read more and sign up here.

August 4 - August 29
Forgiveness - A Growth in LoveForgiveness: A Growth in Love is a one-month retreat on forgiveness as a divine gift of love. Emails three times a week contain essays on various aspects of this practice, step-by-step instructions in the contemplative Prayer of Forgiveness, links to audio and video programs, and access to the 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.

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. The course is being developed and led by facilitators from Sage-ing International. Participants will receive emails on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with an essay on a theme, a personal story by one of the leaders, and some ways for you to put the lesson's ideas into practice. There will be opportunities to interact with the e-course leaders during a one-hour teleconference and to share your own legacy plans with our worldwide community in the course's private Practice Circle. Details here.

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 illusions and silly ideas to get more in touch with your possibilities. Through emails three times a week and a one-hour teleconference, Moore will help you look closely at the arc of your life and notice where foolishness has had a role, for good or bad or both. You'll learn how to develop a comic view of life and practice laughing at yourself in a way that helps. In the online Practice Circle, we'll exchange funny/serious stories that weíve heard or stories about our own predicaments and mistakes. Details here.
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"

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.

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.
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
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
12 Quotes on Vision

Insights, outlooks, perceptions and revelations are all part of the spiritual practice of vision. Our actions stemming from vision help us to identify, reframe, and recognize the world around us and our place in it.
See the gallery
See all the 12s galleries
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.
Intentional Communities

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
Everyday Mysticism Month

For the month of August, we have curated a diverse selection of writings on different aspects of everyday mysticism in the major religious traditions. A new reading about these mysteries will be unveiled each day.
See our collection or readings.
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.
Elder Spirituality Resources

Elder Spirituality Resources Spirituality & Practice's Elder Spirituality Project began last year with four e-courses. In the next month, we'll be launching a new section of the website focusing on a variety of resources — books, films, quotes, spiritual practices — for and about elders. We are also now members of the Conscious Aging Alliance. To whet your appetite for what's to come, here are some resources on elder spirituality.
Read our review of Fruitful Aging: Finding the Gold in the Golden Years by Tom Pinkson
Read our review of Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life edited by Anthony Bolton
Consider one of our on-demand e-courses in the Elder Spirituality series
Learn about our partners in the Conscious Aging Alliance and look for events in the Calendar
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.
Read more and get group resources
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