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Spiritual Practices
of the Day

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

German proverb
In America, an hour is...

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

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

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

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

Herman Hesse
Within you there is a stillness...

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

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

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

Rufus Jones in Essential Writings
The greatest single help . . .

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel Homan in Radical Hospitality
Hospitality is . . .

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

William Sloane Coffin in Credo
Courage means . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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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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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