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Spiritual Practices
of the Day

 

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

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

German proverb
In America, an hour is...

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

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

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...

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

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 . . .

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

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 . . .

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

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

Daniel Homan in Radical Hospitality
Hospitality is . . .

William Sloane Coffin in Credo
Courage means . . .

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

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 . . .

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

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

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

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

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

Herman Hesse
Within you there is a stillness...

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

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

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

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

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 . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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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