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Spiritual Practices
of the Day

 

Marianne Williamson in A Return to Love
Spiritual progress is . . .

German proverb
In America, an hour is...

David K. Reynolds in Thirsty, Swimming in the Lake
If you slam a door . . .

John Updike in Life magazine
I will try not to panic...

Therapist in Good Will Hunting
Bad things draw our attention...

Rami M. Shapiro in Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained
The stories we tell . . .

Charlotte Joko Beck in Finding What You Didn't Lose
We need to approach our state of mind...

Robert Fulghum in Maybe, Maybe Not
Never, ever regret . . .

Henry David Thoreau in Essays and Other Writings
Goodness is the only investment...

Gerald Jampolsky
To be impatient is to be hooked...

Joan Chittister in The Friendship of Women
Acceptance is . . .

Jae Woong Kim in Polishing the Diamond, Enlightening the Mind
Fear about how one will support oneself . . .

Philip Toshio Sudo in Zen 24/7
The stop sign reminds us . . .

Sylvia Boorstein in It's Easier Than You Think
Grumbling doesn't make anything better . . .

Ryokan, Zen monk
Oh, that my monk's robes . . .

Frederick Buechner in The Eyes of the Heart
There is no telling . . .

Betty Smith in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Look at everything as though . . .

Arthur Green in "Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow
Share with others . . .

Edward Hays in Psalms for Zero Gravity
Every time you pick up trash . . .

Jean Houston in A Passion for the Possible
Hold a picture of your body . . .

Rachel Carson in Full Esteem Ahead
If a child is to keep alive...

Clark Strand in The Wooden Bowl
I once saw a cartoon...

Jane Wagner in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
See, the human mind is kind of like...

George Sheehan in Going the Distance
Play is as essential . . .

Anthony de Mello in One Minute Wisdom
Before I was twenty I never worried...

W. H. Auden quoted in The Five Things We Cannot Change
Don't tell me . . .

Hazrat Inayat Khan in Art of Personality
The art of personality is to cut off the rough edges...

Paula Hardin in What Are You Doing with the Rest of Your Life?
Tibetan Buddhist monks greet strangers...

William Sloane Coffin in Credo
God's love . . .

Cheri Huber in The Fear Book
Every time we choose safety . . .

Metchild of Magdeburg in You Already Know What to Do
I, God, am your playmate...

Anthony de Mello in Awakening
The Master overheard an actress...

Jim Wallis in The Soul of Politics
Only a renewed consciousness . . .

Saint Seraphim of Sarov in The Spiritual Wisdom and Practices of Early Christianity
No spiritual exercise is as good...

Rollo May in The Courage to Create
If you do not express...

Daniel Homan in Radical Hospitality
Hospitality is . . .

Jim Wallis in The Soul of Politics
Reconnecting politics to our best values . . .

Rainer Maria Rilke
Work of the eyes is done...

Paul R. Fleischman in Cultivating Inner Peace
Peace is a species of action.

Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book
I am the caterpillar or the ant that the bird...

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in Jewish with Feeling
Any act that protects life . . .

William Sloane Coffin in Credo
Courage means . . .

Jacqueline Small in Embodying Spirit
To move into the world of meaning...

His Holiness The Dalai Lama in The Path to Tranquility
If we want a genuine smile . . .

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton in Meditations on the Book of Psalms
You explore the spirit of God . . .

Robert Frager quoted in The Wisdom of Islam
If you put the world between you and God . . .

Deng Ming-Dao quoted in The Tao of Elvis by David Rosen
Those of us who aspire to meditation . . .

Abraham H. Maslow in Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences
The great lesson from the true mystics...

Thomas Keating in The Human Condition
Every human pleasure . . .

Eknath Easwaran in To Love Is to Know Me
Our mental atmosphere can be polluted...



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These 37 practices are markers of the spiritual life. Recognized by all the world's religions, they help us connect with the Divine, our true selves, our neighbors, and the whole Creation.

Read a summary of the Alphabet

• To find the best books, movies, excerpts, exercises, prayers, music, art, and much more for your spiritual journey, visit these practice homepages:



Listen to Bryan Field McFarland's song, set to a familiar Christian tune, about what it takes to live a spiritual life every day.


Most of us, frankly, are drawn to a particular spiritual practice because, as a doctor might say, certain "symptoms are presenting." You might feel something is missing in your life. You could be feeling incredibly grateful. You could be facing a crisis. You could be concerned about the problems in the world. Take heart! Real-life feelings, challenges, and experiences are just what spiritual practices are for.

How to choose a spiritual practice
Spiritual Rx Prescriptions Chart


You don't step on the path of practice for a few minutes a day, then jump off to go about the rest of your life. If you want to see how you are doing, look at how you behave during a breakfast disagreement with your partner, in a traffic jam on the way to the office, in your reaction to a homeless person begging for money.

Read more about the challenges and joys of practice
22 Ways to Feel Welcome on the Path of Practice
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