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Spiritual Practices
of the Day

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gracie Allen quoted in the United Church of Christ's God Is Still Speaking Campaign
Never put a period . . .

German proverb
In America, an hour is...

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

Michael Grosso in Soulmaker
Great dreams contain inexhaustible truths...

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

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

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

Brenda Peterson in American Nature Writing 1994
The Hopi Indians of Arizona believe...

David A. Cooper in God Is a Verb
God says . . .

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

Samuel H. Miller in The Dilemma of Modern Belief
In the muddled mess of this world . . .

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

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

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

Katherine Le Mee in Chant
Spiritual teaching has always pointed to...

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

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

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 . . .

Hui Neng quoted in A Zen Book of Hours by Frederick Franck
The meaning of life . . .

Merle Shain in Hearts That We Broke Long Ago
The roots of love sink down and deep...

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

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

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

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 . . .



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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.

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• 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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