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Spiritual Practices
of the Day

 

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 . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 . . .

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...

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

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...

William Sloane Coffin in Credo
Courage means . . .

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

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...



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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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