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Spiritual Practices
of the Day

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Herman Hesse
Within you there is a stillness...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel Homan in Radical Hospitality
Hospitality is . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macrina Wiederkehr in A Grateful Heart
O God, help me to believe the truth...

Jelaluddin Rumi in Unseen Rain, Quatrains of Rumi
Keep walking, though there's no place...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 . . .



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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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