• Spiritual Practice
of the Day
• Spiritual Reading of the Day: Ethan Smith and Guy Dauncey on wonder
• More Spiritual Readings
• Today's Reading for Yoga Month: Yoga Practice and the Weather
• More Readings for Yoga Month
• 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
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
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
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
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
September 8 - October 3
Living 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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