• Spiritual Practice
of the Day
• Spiritual Reading of the Day: Joseph Rael on helping someone
• More Spiritual Readings
• Ritual of the Day: Prayer Pebbles
• More Rituals
• Defusing Anger with Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
• The Sage's Tao Te Ching with William Martin
• Presence - Relationship with Divine Love with Kabir Helminski
Now in Theaters: Frances Ha, Augustine, The English Teacher, 33 Postcards, Elemental, State 194
New in Books: tracking in the wild, meditation, spiritual emergencies, men's prayers, dog therapy in a nursing home, Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhist classic, drone warfare, Rastafarian religion, religion's shadow, bird medicine, Dakini power, Shin Buddhism, spiritual practices for being truly alive
Opening Today: Star Trek Into Darkness
Happy Mother's Day: Honoring Our Many Mothers
Now in Theaters: Stories We Tell
Naming the Days: Daniel Berrigan's Birthday
Opening Today: One Track Heart
Now on DVD: The Rabbi's Cat
New Children's Books: farm visit, gratitude, hospitality to strangers, babies, if onlys, oddballs, peacemaking
New in Books: the teen brain, Christian community, science and faith, Japan tsunami, visiting the sick, perfectionism, nuclear war, Jewish wisdom, chi for the brain, justice day book
Naming the Days: Be Kind to Animals Week
Body Spirituality Blog: My Legs: I Move & Therefore I Am!
Now in Theaters: Something in the Air, You Will Be My Son, Love is All you Need, Iron Man 3, What Maisie Knew, Free the Mind
Naming the Days: Beltane - May Day
Praying the News: Prayer for Mexicans Who Have Died in the American Desert
Now on DVD: Silver Linings Playbook, Not Fade Away, Parked, Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Now in Theaters: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, At Any Price, Arthur Newman, Midnight's Children, Paradise: Love, Mud
Now on DVD: The Impossible, Promised Land
Earth Day: 12 Spiritual Practices to Honor the Earth
Opening in theaters: Herman's House, In This House
New in Books: conversation, airplane flying, writing, essays, dialogue, sex, love, travel, resilience, global IQ, body, cities
Praying the News: A Prayer Giving Thanks for the Pioneers of Multifaith Practice
Now on DVD: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
Spiritual Literacy Blog: A Data Driven Life
Now in Theaters: American Meat, Disconnect, It's a Disaster, To the Wonder
New Children's Books: spring blossoms, defiance, doodles, shyness, death of a pet, bullies, loneliness, wilf life, dealing with criticism
Naming the Days Teilhard de Chardin Day
Now on DVD: Hyde Park on Hudson, Late Bloomers, Live Free or Die
Opening Friday: To the Wonder
Naming the Days: Birthday of Paul Robeson
Naming the Days: Birthday of Ram Dass
Now in Theaters: The Company You Keep, Trance
Naming the Days: Golden Rule Day
Body Spirituality Blog: The Fire in My Belly
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Improve Your Health through Face-to Face Connections
Now on DVD: Bestiaire
Naming the Days: April Fool's Day
Easter: Practicing Resurrection
Naming the Days: Good Friday
Now in Theaters: Renoir, Violeta Went to Heaven
New in Books: guided retreats, theology, green teachings, grace, gratitude, joy, common good, neighbors, marriage, ecology, dance, insults, Zen doodling, big data, trends
Naming the Days: Meister Eckhart Day
Now on DVD: Lincoln, A Royal Affair, Union Square, The Eye of the Storm, Killing Them Softly
Naming the Days: Walt Whitman
Naming the Days: Birthday of Flannery O'Connor
Naming the Days: Oscar Romero Day
Naming the Days: World Water Day
Now in Theaters: Admission, Eden, Hunky Dory
Now on DVD: Les Miserables, This is 40
Opening Today: Eden
Naming the Days: First Day of Spring
Naming the Days: Birthday of Sir Richard Burton
Now on DVD: Rust and Bone, All Together, The Other Son
Praying the News: A Prayer for Monarch Butterflies
Happy St. Patrick's Day: A blessing prayer and a Leprechaun from Edward Hays
Opening Today: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Join Caring People Trying
to Save the Planet
, a deeply spiritual documentary directed by Gayatri Roshan and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, opens this weekend in New York and L.A., followed by openings in other areas and availability on iTunes. It presents profiles of three dedicated environmental activists on three continents. Through their personal stories, it reveals the immense challenges faced by those who want to change attitudes and spur citizens to band together in a communal effort before it is too late. We encourage you to support this film and support these people!
See our review of Elemental
Find a screening in your area.
Visit the official site
and see how you can get involved.
E-Courses with Practice Circles
is a 21-day e-course led by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Co-Directors of Spirituality & Practice. It presents teachings from different wisdom traditions about ways to take the danger out of anger. Daily emails include book excerpts plus suggestions for reflection, discussion, and practice. Gather with other participants in the online Practice Circle to share experiences and reflections. May 19 - June 8. Details here.
The Sage's Tao Te Ching with William Martin
is a four-week program in S&P's "Elder Spirituality E-Courses Series." Using poetic passages from his book for sages, a reformulation of the classic text of Chinese philosophy by Lao Tzu, William Martin will lead us through teachings on the sage as a model for a life of spirited freedom, contentment, wisdom, and playfulness. Participants will receive daily emails with Martin's comments and suggestions for reflection and practice, then share their responses in the online Practice Circle. May 19- June 15. Details here.
Presence - Relationship with Divine Love with Kabir Helminski
is a one-month e-course on how presence enables us to enter a more conscious relationship with Divine Love. Drawing upon fourteen centuries of Sufi wisdom, Kabir Helminski will present presence practices that are universally relevant across spiritual traditions. Lessons emailed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; short audios; and discussions in the online Practice Circle will help you discover and develop presence in your everyday life. May 20 - June 14. Details here.
For Graduates: Wisdom To Go
It's that time of year when millions of students "graduate" to a new stage of their education or life. Here is the graduation speech we'd like to give to them, offering wisdom in the form of proverbs, Tibetan Buddhist pith instructions, Tibetan Buddhist mind-training instructions, 12 step sayings, and aphorisms.
Read Wisdom To Go
Children of the Days
Eduardo Galeano is one of Latin America's most distinguished writers. His latest book has a short, pungent selection for every day of the year: tributes, little known facts, and days deserving special observances. This is an impressive work of cogent, creative insight from a prophet who opens our eyes to the world as it could be if we would fight for peace, justice, and human equality.
Read our review
Read an excerpt on drones as the "perfect warriors" that never reveal the names of their masters.
Rituals - Expressions of the Soul
We're making May ritual month. Each day we'll unveil a new one in our collection and link to it from the "Updates" column at left. Ritual has its genesis in the movements of the soul and our need to express deep emotions and intuitions in story, symbol, and action. Through prayers, blessings, rites, ceremonies, and celebrations, we honor our connections with God, others, community, nature, the world, and the whole comic dance. We hope you enjoy our choices, and, if you have a favorite ritual, that you'll email us a description as we are developing more resources about rituals for Spirituality & Practice.
See our collection of rituals
Elder Spirituality Project
We are pleased to announce an exciting new adventure for Spirituality & Practice — the Elder Spirituality Project.
We know that elders are a growing and important group using the resources for spiritual journeys we offer here, and that's not surprising. Traditionally in the world's religions, the last stage of life is seen as a time for intensified spiritual work as well as a time for passing on wisdom to future generations.
Read more about the Elder Spirituality Project in our press release
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