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Spiritual Reading of the Day: Joan Borysenko on being whole
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Today's Reading on the Blessings Path: A Blessing for a Child
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Current E-Courses
The Gospel of Thomas for Advent (2014) with Cynthia Bourgeault
The Grace of Advent: Consent to Contemplative Living with Contemplative Outreach


Civility & Spirituality Blog: Patience & Courtesy & Airplane Travel

Spiritual Literacy Blog: Loving God by Knowing Many Things

Now in Theaters: Big Hero 6, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Imitation Game, Monk WIth a Camera

RIP Mike Nichols: Reviews of his films
Remembering a Spiritual Master: Beatrice Bruteau

Now on DVD: The Wind Rises

New Book Reviews: mindfulness, prayer, shamanic tools, poems, memoir, Judaism, Supreme Court, food, labor, indigenous people, Joan Chittister, Gaza, enemies, heart, soul fury, censored stories, teaching stories, automation, vocation, city, seasons, conscious aging

Now in Theaters: The Circle, Foxcatcher, Rosewater

Spiritual Literacy Blog: This Changes Everything

Now on DVD: Happy Christmas, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Jersey Boys, A Most Wanted Man, Planes: Fire & Rescue

Naming the Days: Dylan Thomas Day

Now in Theaters: Pelican Dreams, The Theory of Everything
Naming the Days: Birthday of Albert Camus

Opening Today: National Gallery

Now on DVD: Land Ho!, The One I Love, Second Opinion

All Saints Day: Teaching Story, Quotes, and a Litany to honor saints

New Book Reviews: language of homes, unretirement, gardens, change, sleep, Zen, learning, adversity, Mussar, art, travel, solitude

Naming the Days: Halloween

Opening Today: The Great Invisible, Goodbye to Language
Now on PBS: Death Comes to Pemberley

National Cat Day: quotes, books, children's books, excerpts, and movies about cats

Now on DVD: Begin Again, Child of God, Life of Crime, Running From Crazy

Body Spirituality: Running as a Spiritual Practice

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

Navrati begins

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

Labor Day

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

Ways to Practice Thanks-giving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude is one of the 37 practices in the Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy around which this website revolves. Special days are devoted to it in many cultures. In the United States, Thanksgiving is November 27. Here are some resources to help you celebrate it: a teaching story, the "Gratitude" section of the website, a collection of quotations, a ritual, and a book about the naikan gratitude practice.
See our Naming the Days feature for Thanksgiving.


November 28 - December 26 The Grace of Advent
The Grace of Advent: Consent to Contemplative Living with Contemplative Outreach uses Scripture and the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and other mystical writers to explore the great themes of the season. The content will be shared via emails and video and audio recordings, and will come alive as we witness and share our reflections and experiences in the online Practice Circle.

November 29 - December 25 The Gospel of Thomas for Advent
The Gospel of Thomas for Advent (2014) with Cynthia Bourgeault focuses on sayings from the Gospel of Thomas on the themes of watchfulness, spiritual generativity, the fullness of time, and the play of light and darkness. Each day you will receive a carefully selected wisdom saying from Thomas, a brief commentary by Cynthia Bourgeault, and a suggested spiritual practice. Previously offered in Advent 2013, this e-course will have a new Practice Circle where you can discuss the readings with Cynthia Bourgeault and a worldwide community of fellow seekers.
Remembering Spiritual Masters

The Remembering Spiritual Masters Project profiles teachers who are no longer with us physically but still offer great wisdom through their books, audios, and films. We remember Beatrice Bruteau who departed the earth on November 16.
See our profile of Beatrice Bruteau in the Remembering Spiritual Masters Project
Conscious Living, Conscious Aging

Ron Pevny, founder and director of the Center for Conscious Eldering and organizer of the Conscious Aging Alliance, is right in sync with our positive view of aging. His book is a substantive resource that both covers the whys and wherefores of the conscious aging movement and gives practical guidance of how you can incorporate this way of being into your daily life. This is a visionary work for older people who are yearning for inner growth and spiritual renewal.
Read our review of Conscious Living Conscious Aging.
Learn about the organizations (including S&P's Elder Spirituality Project) in the Conscious Aging Alliance
Handle with Care

Inspired by Marie Kondo's bestselling book (see below), we've revisited our attitudes toward and appreciation of our things. There is a rich and soulful emphasis in the world's wisdom traditions on respecting inanimate objects. We call this "soulful materialism" where the objects in our homes are appreciated and cherished for their beauty, expressiveness, life, and creativity.
See Handle Your Things with Care.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo, in this bestselling book, has taken the subject of decluttering and made it totally fresh with her practical suggestions for establishing a spiritual relationship with your possessions.
Read our review of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
an excerpt on saying goodbye to an old cell phone and treating clothes with respect.
Books That Speak to Your Condition

Books can inform, illuminate, and inspire. They can also directly address what we are feeling in our hearts and needing for our spiritual growth. Quakers call this "speaking to your condition." We're starting a new series in which we will "prescribe" books or films to address what might be happening in your life. We hope you find these suggestions helpful.
— Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
See the feature
The Norton Anthology of World Religions

Under the editorial direction of Pulitzer Prize-winning religious scholar Jack Miles, this two-volume set maps more than 1,000 primary texts from six of the world's religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam. We suggest some ways for you to work with this anthology.
See our review of The Norton Anthology of World Religions
Read an excerpt about how a Beatles' song was inspired by a verse from the Tao Te Ching
National Cat Day

Here at Spirituality & Practice, cats are our teachers, companions, playmates, and so much more. So on the occasion of National Cat Day, we’ve put together a gallery of the S&P cats plus a collection of our content on cats. Here are quotes, book reviews, children’s book reviews, book excerpts, and movie reviews. We had no idea we have so much material on this website about how cats enrich our spiritual journeys. Enjoy!
See our feature on cats.

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
Finishing Things

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
The Ritual Space — Forgiveness Ritual

Forgiveness is an ongoing process and can seem overwhelming at times. Desmond Tutu says, "It is best to break our forgiving down into bite-size pieces, and begin from wherever we are standing." This ritual is crafted into three parts: 1. forgiveness for self, 2. forgiveness of others, 3. acknowledging our restored light.
See the ritual
Read about other rituals on The Ritual Space
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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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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