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Spiritual Practices
of the Day

 

Donald McCullough in Say Please, Say Thank You
To be courteous is . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Sloane Coffin in Credo
Courage means . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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 . . .

Herman Hesse
Within you there is a stillness...

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

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

German proverb
In America, an hour is...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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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