Spirituality & Practice E-Newsletter
Monday, February 13, 2012

What Happened Last Week at SpiritualityandPractice.com

Dark nights of the soul. See how the central characters on Downton Abbey: Season 2, concluding next Sunday on PBS, handle hefty challenges on this DVD release. Season 1. 10 Spiritual Takes on Downton Abbey.

What a caring coach can do. Undefeated is a documentary exploring the dynamics of winning, losing, and leadership on an inner-city high school football team. More films.

A reverence practice. "Everything is waiting to be hallowed by you," said the Jewish mystic and philosopher Martin Buber. We suggested you try this in celebration of his birthday. More Naming the Days.

Helping the poor out of the prison of poverty. Bonsai People is a documentary about the micro loans and the social businesses of Muhammad Yunus, a true miracle worker.

The folly of the weather forecast. Pico Iyer, one of our favorite spiritual writers, demonstrates the wisdom of not-knowing in an article featured on our Spiritual Literacy blog. See more examples of spiritual literacy.

Our spiritual connections with clothing, objects, and ancestors. Read this excerpt from Alice Walker's book The World Has Changed. Browse through other Spiritual Readings of the Day.

A legal giant. Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American on the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch his life and legal career unfold in the stirring one-man performance by Laurence Fishburne, now available on DVD. More DVDs.

Coming This Week

Valentine's Day. Love isn't just something you fall into; it's a spiritual practice. Here are eight ways to practice expressing it.

Group Lectio Divina. Explore the Psalms with popular retreat leader Barbara Crafton and engage in daily "divine reading" with a group of spiritual companions in the online Practice Circle. This new Online Retreat begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22; sign up here.

Refresh your spirit eight times a day. Joining us for Lent from our sister site Gratefulness.org is Patricia Carlson Campbell, leading us for the second time (with some new content) through the practice of praying the Hours at morning, noon, night, and between times. Oh, what a grand time we had in the Practice Circle last time! Let's do it again! Sign up here.

• 50 Films for Black History Month. We're curating a collection of the best films on the African-American experience.

• A masterwork of Kirtan devotional chanting. Bhakti Treasure, a new CD by Ned Leavitt and Lynn Margileth, will stir your soul and open your heart.

A satisfying culmination of emotions. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is available on DVD this week.

Recommended from our Wisdom Archive

Watch An Officer and a Gentleman on DVD. It's a perfect film for Valentine's Day.

Go deeper with our Values & Visions Guide to The Royal Tennenbaums. This comedy revolves around a prankster father who wants to reconnect with his children and former wife.

Watch The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman on DVD and Netflix Streaming. Cicely Tyson stars in this classic made-for-television movie that reflects the black experience in America from the end of the Civil War to the genesis of the civil rights movement.

Resources for Your Spiritual Journey to Carry Through the Week

A Proverb to Ponder
"Look for the good and let the bad things come on their own."
— Spanish Proverb

A Cue to Try for Devotion
When I see a candle, I am reminded to focus my complete attention on God.

A Mantra to Try on Valentine's Day
Breathing in: I am here
Breathing out: for you.

A Quotation to Inspire
"Sitting around a table is not just a way of passing time. It is the way wisdom gets passed along."
— Rachel Naomi Remen

A Blessing From Us to You
"May the shelter of God embrace you in difficult moments,
May the dance of God play in your joyful moments,
May the peace of God be with you wherever you are on your journey of life."
— Joyce Rupp in Out of the Ordinary