• Spiritual Practice
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• Spiritual Reading of the Day: Dawna Markova on cultivating our garden of life
• More Spiritual Readings
• Today's Reading for Emotional Intelligence Month: The Power of Yes and No
• More Readings for Emotional Intelligence Month
• Zen and Everyday Life with Brenda Shoshanna
• Lean In, Lighten Up and Let Go with Mary Dwyer
• Spiritual Practices from the Gurdjieff Work with Cynthia Bourgeault
New in Books: Christian Meditation, attention on the streets, information overload, digital world of connections, creativity, Jewish prayer, journal wisdom, Christian courage, mysticism, wonder, instant gratification
Now in Theaters: Life of Riley, The Heart Machine, 1000 Times good Night, Watchers of the Sky
Diwali — A Celebration of Our Inner Light
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Radical Amazement
Now on DVD: For A Woman, Snowpiercer, The Last Sentence
Now in Theaters: Birdman
World Food Day
Praying the News: A Prayer for the Victims of Ebola (updated)
Civility & Spirituality Blog: Why You Should Care About Other People's Kids as Much as Your Own
Feast Day of St. Teresa of Avila
New in Books: everyday spirituality, spiritual teachings, Hasidic storytelling, chronic pain, grace in aging, awe, the writing life, the future, constructive wallowing, the body, human behavior
Now on DVD: Chinese Puzzle, Violette, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum
Happy Birthday to Thich Nhat Hanh and Eleanor Roosevelt
Now in Theaters: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Awake: The Life of Yogananda; The Judge; Kill the Messenger; St. Vincent; Whiplash
Now on DVD: Edge of Tomorrow, Million Dollar Arm, Obvious Child
Feast Day of St. Francis: Practices, films, readings to honor the saint
Now in Theaters: The Blue Room, The Good Lie, Gone Girl
At the New York Film Festival: Heaven Knows What
Naming the Days: Guardian Angels Day
Naming the Days: The Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux
Praying the News: for Those in Their Prime Working Years Who Are Unemployed
Now on DVD: Chef, Lucky Them, Third Person
Naming the Days: Birthday of Rumi
At the New York Film Festival: Look of Silence, Hill of Freedom, Beloved Sisters
52nd New York Film Festival: See our reviews
Now in Theaters: Jimi: All Is by My Side, Lilting, Two Night Stand
Rosh Hashanah begins at nightfall
Birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Now on DVD: Free the Mind, Neighbors, We Are the Best!
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Who Are You?
Autumn Equinox: Reflections on the Season
International Day of Peace
Naming the Days: Birthday of Leonard Cohen
Now in Theaters: Life's a Breeze, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Pump, This Is Where I Leave You
Naming the Days: Dag Hammarskjold Day
Naming the Days: Feast Day of Hildegard of Bingen
Now in DVD: Burning Bush, Burt's Buzz, The Fault in Our Stars
Spiritual Literacy Blog: In Praise of Doing the Same Thing All the Time
Naming the Days: Isadora Duncan Day
Naming the Days: Steven Biko Day
Now in Theaters: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Dolphin Tale 2, I Am Eleven
Anniversary of 9/11: Prayer, Art, Practices, Reflections
Support sites like S&P: Sign a letter to lawmakers about keeping the Internet fast and free
Opening Today: My Old Lady
Now on DVD: Ida, Teenage, Words and Pictures
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
National Grandparents Day
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Retirees with Time to Experiment
Naming the Days: Birthday of John Cage
Now in Theaters: Rocks in My Pocket
Praying the News: For Food-Insecure Households
Naming the Days: E. F. Schumacher Day
Now on DVD: Draft Day, Night Moves
Now in Theaters: The Congress, Life of Crime, Second Opinion
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
Civility & Spirituality Blog: A New Civility Initiative in San Diego
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
Body Spirituality Blog: Saliva, A Bodily Overachiever
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Mental Illness Crisis
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
Marilynne Robinson won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for Gilead
, a novel about a Congregational minister in a small Iowa town. This companion book tells the story of his wife, a former migrant who relishes solitude and has to learn to trust. Spiritual themes that serve as sturdy accompaniments to the main melody of loneliness include the deep lights of reveling in the grace of God, the debilitations and surprises of old age, and the idiosyncratic nature of love between two very different people.
Read our review of Lila
Read an excerpt on love
October 6 - October 31
Zen 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 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 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.
November 3 - 28
Spiritual Practices from the Gurdjieff Work with Cynthia Bourgeault
is one-month hands-on exploration of Gurdjieff's powerful spiritual practices minus the intellectual speculation and secrecy usually associated with it. Popular S&P teacher Cynthia Bourgeault will lead you through these unparalleled teachings on attention, identification, and self-remembering, using a cumulative, sequential approach that remains concrete and focused on practical tasks. Emails on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will look at where Gurdjieff's ideas came from and how these simple practices can put teeth on the bones of your present spiritual commitment, whether it's officially "religious" or not. You'll have opportunities to interact with Cynthia in the lively and responsive Practice Circle and during a one-hour teleconference.
Starting something new delivers a rush to our brains and we feel energized by our latest project for social or personal transformation. But, truth be told, many of us never finish what we start. We all know people whose work is characterized by perseverance, endurance, and stick-to-it-iveness. How do they do it? We've found five spiritual practices to help you finish things.
Read our article on Finishing Things
A Saint Among Us
"A saint is a life-giver . . . a human being with the same sorts of hang-ups and abysses as the rest of us, but if a saint touches your life, you come alive in a new way." Meet Vincent, an anti-social, angry, alcoholic slob, who turns out to be a saint in the life of a young boy. Now in theaters, St. Vincent
, a very funny and touching cinematic parable about spiritual transformation, is one of the Most Spiritually Literate Films of the Year.
Read our review of St. Vincent
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
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
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
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.
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
New from Richard Rohr
"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
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
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
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
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.
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