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Spiritual Practices
of the Day

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

German proverb
In America, an hour is...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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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