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Spiritual Reading of the Day: Margaret Silf on being thankful for trees
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Today's Reading on Sacred Earth: Spring Equinox Ritual
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Current E-Courses
Practicing Spirituality with Teaching Stories: Led by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Forgiveness: A Growth in Love
Remembrance: The Spiritual Practice of Zhikr with Kabir Helminski


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

Naming the Days: Be Kind to Animals Week begins

Naming the Days: Birthday of Pete Seeger

Now in Theaters: Belle, For a Woman

Naming the Days: May Day - Belthane

Praying the News: A Lament for Dismaying Global Trend

New in Books: seiki jutsu, darkness, authentic living, faith
Now on DVD: Gloria, Labor Day, These Birds Walk

Now in Theaters: Locke, The Machine, Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Praying the News: Gratitude for Diversity in Marriage

Now Available for Streaming: Hide Your Smiling Faces
Naming the Days: Earth Day


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

Other E-Courses

June 29 - July 25
RemembranceRemembrance: The Spiritual Practice of Zhikr with Kabir Helminski is a four-week e-course for Ramadan, led by Sufi shaikh Kabir Helminski, open to people of all religious traditions. Remembrance of God is a knowing of the heart that results in a continuous awareness of divine support and guidance. We will learn the spiritual practice of zhikr, sustaining remembrance through chanting the Divine Names, through the breath, through awareness of the heart, and through reflections on our actions. Read more and sign up here.
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 will share their favorite teaching stories, gathered from different spiritual traditions, and present ways for you to access their wisdom for your own life. Like the stories themselves, the e-course will be open-ended and interactive as participants share insights in the online Practice Circle. Read more and sign up here.

August 4 - August 29
Forgiveness - Growth in LoveForgiveness: Growth in Love is a one-month retreat on forgiveness as a divine gift of love and a movement of love that reveals the truth of our nature. Emails three times a week contain essays on various aspects of this practice, step-by-step instructions in the contemplative Prayer of Forgiveness, mini-practices for daily life, Q&A with the retreat leaders, and links to an online gallery of quotations, audio and video clips, and 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.
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.
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
The Fault in Our Stars

"Pain demands to be felt" is the slogan of the two teenage cancer patients squaring off against death in The Fault in Our Stars. And so does love. Director Josh Boone has adapted the bestselling young adult novel into a poignant love story.
See our review of The Fault in Our Stars
See our recommendations of other memorable movies about cancer.
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.
Movies about Life in the Age of HIV/AIDS

HBO's riveting drama The Normal Heart reminds us of how films about people living with HIV/AIDS have put a human face on the crisis. We've put together a collection of movies that provide entry points into the meaning of this health crisis and opportunities for developing compassion and empathy for those affected by it.
See our review of The Normal Heart.
See our collection of movies about HIV/AIDS.
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
Sacred Earth Month

For the month of July, we have curated a diverse selection of writings on the Sacred Earth which we hope will open new doors for your spiritual encounters nature.
See our collection or readings.
Wisdom To Go

This is the graduation speech we'd like to give, offering wisdom in the form of proverbs, Tibetan Buddhist pith instructions, Tibetan Buddhist mind-training instructions, 12 step sayings, and aphorisms.
Read about wisdom to go.
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.
Design Your Own Spiritual Education

Are you fascinated by Celtic spirituality? Want to see books and movies about parenting? Struggling with anger or envy? Want to jumpstart your creativity? Concerned about the effects of globalism? Follow the links on our Advanced Searches pages to find those resources for your spiritual journey.
See Advanced Searches for S&P
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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