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Spiritual Practices
of the Day

 

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

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

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

Beth Ferris in Finding What You Didn't Lose
Then there is the listening...

G. K. Chesterton quoted in Celebrate Your Child by Richard Carlson
Taking things with gratitude . . .

Shantideva quoted in Inner Revolution by Robert Thurman
Whatever joy here is in the world . . .

Daniel Homan in Radical Hospitality
Hospitality is . . .

William Sloane Coffin in Credo
Courage means . . .

Mark Collins in On the Road to Emmaus
Maybe one day we'll grow weary of whining...

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

Joan Chittister in Becoming Fully Human
The things we call impossible . . .

Diane Ackerman in A Natural History of Love
The heart is a museum...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mechtild of Magdeburg quoted in Open Mind by Diane Mariechild
The Holy Spirit is . . .

Joseph Wood Krutch in The Desert Year
In nature, one never really sees a thing...

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

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

Alan Jones in "Seasons of Grace"
Waiting time in the doctor's office . . .

St. Therese of Lisieux quoted in The Lure of Saints by Jon Sweeney
God is even kinder . . .

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

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

Joseph Telushkin in Jewish Wisdom
It is not in our power to explain...

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

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

Roger Payne in Talking on the Water
Whales and redwoods both make us feel small...

Reuben Welch quoted in The Body Broken by Robert Benson
What people really need . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

German proverb
In America, an hour is...

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

Brenda Ueland in Finding What You Didn't Lose
Listening is a magnetic and strange...

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

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

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

Anne Lamott in Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
Rest and laughter . . .

Thich Nhat Hanh in Love in Action
Things can sometimes go more smoothly . . .

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

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

Marc Ian Barasch in Field Notes on the Compassionate Life
A society based on universal compassion . . .

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

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



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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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