Spiritual Practices of the Day Archives
The 12s: Galleries on Spiritual Practices and Wisdom
Our collection of articles, meditations, excerpts, and spiritual practices for this time of heightened separation among nations, peoples, races, and classes. See the Project Index.
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 our suggestions to help overcome negativity.
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.
Spiritually Literate Holiday Gifts
We have some suggestions for how you can wed spiritual practice with gift-giving. Make your gifts symbolic of God's presence in daily life, reflections of your connections with others, and catalysts to play, wonder, and hope.
See our gift ideas
A consumer culture contributes to our tendency to envy what others have. Here's how to end it: stop comparing yourself to others and practice gratitude.
Read how to end envy
Frederic Brussat reflects on the lessons of the miracle of a cut healing quickly and suggests some simple practices to honor the body as a temple of God.
Read about honoring the body
Inspired by the movie Freedom Writers
, we've found two prayers, three thoughts to contemplate, and a Buddhist practice to honor the dignity of differences and pave the way to a genuine feeling of unity with others.
Read how to practice diversity
28 Ways to Practice Thanks-giving
G. K. Chesterton had the right idea when he said we need to get in the habit of "taking things with gratitude and not taking things for granted." Here are a gratitude practice for every day from November 1 - Thanksgiving.
See the practices
The Challenges of Humility
Humility comes naturally to some people but usually it needs to be learned. We become humble by being around humble people and by consciously acknowledging that we are not #1. Here are some ways to practice.
Read more about humility
How Not to Worry
Is the worry machine chugging along in your life? Have you forgotten Mark Twain's sage comment that most of the things we worry about will never happen? Here are some spiritual practices to help you turn your worries into meaningful experiences.
Read more about how not to worry
Dealing with the Dog Days
It's in the dog days of August that we are stricken with the feeling that there's nothing new under the sun. Things begin to be boring. We suffer from what the fourth-century Christian monks called accedie. Here are some practices for coping with draggy days.
Read more about ways to handle boredom
Learning to Be Content
Our consumer culture is designed to make us always want something more, better, or different. But religious leaders have long advised just the opposite. Here are three ways to learn contentment: Want what you have. Don't make comparisons. Accept your imperfections and the "lacks" in your life.
Read more about contentment
Abba Nilus, one of the Desert Fathers, advised: "Do not be always wanting everything to turn out as you think it should, but rather as God pleases, then you will be undisturbed and thankful in your prayer." Expectations can be a stumbling block on the spiritual path, both personally and communally. Here are some simple practices to help you break free from them.
Read more about cutting expectations
We spend about 45 percent of our time listening, but we are distracted, preoccupied, or forgetful about 75 percent of that time. Immediately after listening to someone talk, we usually recall only about half of what we've heard. Clearly, we all need to get better at listening. Here's what we learned in a small group that practiced listening without comments, plans, judgments, or the need to respond.
Read more about really listening
The Indiana Jones School of Spirituality
There's a scene in the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark
, when Indy and Marion are hiding from the Nazis, and she says, "Do you have a plan?" And he replies, "No, I'm just making it up as I go along." There are some spiritual practices that have been passed down through the centuries and others just occur to you in the moment.
Read more about making it up as you go along
Doing What's Hard
We resist change, so when the mood hits us to make a change explore some different subjects, shift our daily routine, and make new commitments we're encouraged by the slogan "You can do hard." Next we need a spiritual practice to reinforce our intention.
Read about making and witnessing vows
There's Always Time to Pray
If you have trouble finding time for prayer, meditation, or spiritual reading every day, try an ancient practice that can be integrated into the daily rounds of your life: reciting a simple prayer phrase or mantra. Mantra suggestions appear on all the practice homepages at Spirituality & Practice.
How, when, and where to use a mantra