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Spiritual Reading of the Day: Sister Wendy Beckett on prayer
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Today's Reading for Yoga Month: Yoga Provides Greater Access
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Current E-Courses
Forgiveness - A Growth in Love: with Contemplative Outreach
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

Updates

09/02/14
Now on DVD: Draft Day, Night Moves

09/01/14
Labor Day

08/29/14
Now in Theaters: The Congress, Life of Crime, Second Opinion

08/26/14
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

08/25/14
Civility & Spirituality Blog: A New Civility Initiative in San Diego

08/22/14
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

08/21/14
Body Spirituality Blog: Saliva, A Bodily Overachiever

08/20/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Mental Illness Crisis

08/19/14
Now on DVD: Dancing in Jaffa, Fading Gigolo, Go for Sisters, Only Lovers Left Alive

08/16/14
New in Children's Books: nighttime, remembering, gratitude, St. Nicholas, creativity, loneliness, friendship, negativity, adventures, play, questing, respect, change, LGBT pride

08/15/14
Now in Theaters: The Giver, Jealousy, The Trip to Italy, A Will for the Woods

08/13/14
Praying the News: For Those Suffering from Depression

08/12/14
Now on DVD: Hateship Loveship, Bears, The Cold Lands, Summer in February, Locke
Praying the News: For Victims of Religious Hostility

08/11/14
Naming the Days: Feast Day of St. Clare

08/08/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Free to Choose
Now in Theaters: Fifi Howls From Happiness, The Hundred-Foot Journey, What If

08/06/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Louis Armstrong
Naming the Days: Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

08/05/14
Naming the Days: Isaac Luria Day
Now on DVD: Divergent

08/04/14
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

08/03/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Maggie Kuhn

08/01/14
Now in Theaters: Calvary, Child of God, Finding Fela, Rabindranath Tagore, The Strange Little Cat

07/31/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: What Playfulness Can Do For You
Praying the News: For the Children of Gaza

07/29/14
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

07/28/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Confronting Ageism
Naming the Days: Birthday of Gerard Manley Hopkins

07/25/14
Now in Theaters: Happy Christmas, Lucy, Magic in the Moonlight

07/23/14
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

07/22/14
Now on DVD: Cesar Chavez, Heaven Is for Real, Transcendence, When the Iron Bird Flies

07/21/14
Praying the News: For the End of Violence in Palestine and Israel
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Future of Robot Caregivers

07/18/14
Now in Theaters: Alive Inside, I Origins, Me and You, Planes: Fire & Rescue

07/17/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: How a Password Changed One Man's Life for the Better
Naming the Days: Birthday of Abraham Joshua Heschel

07/15/14
Now on DVD: The Face of Love, Under the Skin

07/14/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Woodie Guthrie
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Touching the Earth for Our Adversaries

07/11/14
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!

07/10/14
Praying the News: For Desperate Children Fleeing Gang Violence

07/09/14
Spiritual Literacy Bog: Mixed Feelings about Watching Animals

07/08/14
Now on DVD: Bad Words, Le Week-End, Nymphomaniac Vols. I & II

07/07/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: We'd Rather Shock Ourselves than Sit Quietly Alone

07/05/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Hazrat Inayat Khan

07/04/14
4th of July Beyond Fireworks: Celebrating Our Interdependence
Now in Theaters: Begin Again, The Case Against 8

07/03/14
Remembering a Spiritual Master: Rebbe Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
The Ritual Space: A Receiving Ritual

07/02/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Amma: The Hugging Saint

07/01/14
Now on DVD: Like Father, Like Son; The Lunchbox

06/30/14
Praying the News: For More Respect and Civility in Politics
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Armed Drones and Perpetual War

06/28/14
Naming the Days: Ramadan Mubarak

06/29/14
Summertime and Living Takes Practice: Days 8 - 14

06/27/14
Naming the Dyas: Birthday of Helen Keller
Now in Theaters: Begin Again, Snowpiercer

06/22/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Heroes Who Practice "Mercy Medicine"

06/21/14
Summertime and Living Takes Practice: Simple practices for the first 7 days of summer
Summer Solstice: Observe it with a ritual by Edward Hays

06/20/14
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

06/19/14
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

06/17/14
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

06/16/14
New in Children's Book: sharing, affirmations, nonconformists, ethics, luck, control, heroism, parties, robots, friendship, travel, bird migration, enthusiasm

06/15/14
Father's Day: DVDs about dads
Naming the Days: Birthday of haiku poet Issa

06/13/14
Naming the Days: Feast Day of ST. Anthony of Padua
Now in Theaters: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Violette

06/12/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Anne Frank

06/11/14
Opening Today: Burning Bush
Praying the News: For Purpose in Life

06/10/14
Now on DVD: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, The Missing Picture, Omar, Tim's Vermeer
Naming the Days: Anniversary of the Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous

06/09/14
Civility & Spirituality Blog: Keeping Custody of the Tongue
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Silence as a Luxury Product

06/08/14
Naming the Days: Pentecost

06/06/14
Now in Theaters: Edge of Tomorrow; The Fault in Our Stars; Lucky Them; 2 Autumns, 3 Winters; Trust Me; Burt's Buzz

06/04/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Exit Baby Boomers, Enter Millennials
Body Spirituality Blog: My Wondrous Wrists

06/03/14
Now on DVD/Blu-Ray: Lone Survivor, When I Walk

06/02/14
Naming the Days: Saint John XXIII Day

06/02/14
Naming the Days: Anthony de Mello Day

05/30/14
Now Showing: The Normal Heart, Night Moves, We Are the Best!

05/29/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Skimming & Sharing
Naming the Days: Birthday of G. K. Chesterton

05/27/14
Now on DVD: Child's Pose, Run & Jump

05/26/14
Memorial Day: a time for remembrance and reconciliation

05/25/14
Naming the Days: Birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson

05/23/14
New Films: Words and Pictures, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Love Punch, Lila, Lila

05/21/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Next Revolution in Digital Technology: Part 2

05/20/14
Now on DVD: The Jewish Cardinal, God Loves Uganda, Like Someone in Love, The Monuments Men, Stay

05/19/14
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Next Revolution in Digital Technology
Praying the News: For the Victims and Families of the Turkish Mine Disaster

05/16/14
Now in Theaters: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, Chinese Puzzle, Cyber-Seniors, The Immigrant, Million Dollar Arm, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

05/14/14
Praying the News: The Death Penalty



 
12s Generosity

Darren has finished the 12s series on the practices in the Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy, so now he's taking requests. This month's gallery is on generosity and the many different ways there are to be generous. After viewing these inspiring examples, see how many more you can come up with on your own.
See the gallery
See all the 12s galleries


E-Courses

August 4 - August 29
Forgiveness - A Growth in LoveForgiveness: A Growth in Love is a one-month retreat on forgiveness as a divine gift of love. Emails three times a week contain essays on various aspects of this practice, step-by-step instructions in the contemplative Prayer of Forgiveness, links to audio and video programs, and access to the 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.

September 8 - October 3
Living Your LegacyLiving 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 FoolThe 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.
 
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
.
 
Spiritual Practices for Difficult Times

Elemental Figure sculpture 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

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

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
 
Belief Without Borders

Belief Linda Mercadante, a theology professor and Presbyterian minister, spent five years interviewing people who describe themselves as "Spiritual But Not Religious." She asked them about their views on the sacred, human nature, community, and the afterlife, and she was able to identify common themes in their perspectives. Her book is far and away the best assessment so far of this movement and its many meanings.
Read our review of Belief Without Borders
Take our e-course (available on-demand) on The Way of the Spiritually Independent with Rabbi Rami
Download our 24-page e-book "A Field Guide for the Spiritually Independent"
 
Lucy

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.
 
Be Nobody

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.
 
Whales

New threats to the survival of whales have put these mammals in the news. So we have curated our content on whales to give you a good sampling of all the many ways to appreciate them.
See our topic page on whales.
Read our review of War of the Whales
Take action for whales.
 
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.
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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.
 
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
 
Everyday Mysticism Month

For the month of August, we have curated a diverse selection of writings on different aspects of everyday mysticism in the major religious traditions. A new reading about these mysteries will be unveiled each day.
See our collection or readings.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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