The vast resources of the spiritual and religious traditions offer us sustenance and inspiration during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Spirituality & Practice Team is recommending one of these resources on our homepage each day. This index, which is being updated daily, lists three foundational resources, followed by links to the daily posts organized by category.

Spiritual Practices for the Coronavirus Pandemic provides links to spiritual practices to disarm fear and uncertainty, use while taking preventative measures, handle social distancing and quarantine, be present with illness, and sustain hope.

E-Courses to Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic lists S&P programs available on-demand that will help you learn how to handle difficulties, stay healthy, and develop your contemplative practice. The e-courses have been developed by well-known spiritual teachers and their already reasonable fees are now discounted by 30%.

The Spiritual Literacy Film Series consists of 26 half-hour films which will inspire and comfort you during the pandemic. Use films on such spiritual qualities as compassion, gratitude, and wonder for meditation and reflection. Each is available to stream as a video-on-demand for $1.99 to rent or $5.95 to purchase.

Spiritual Practices
Movies
Poetry
Prayers
Readings

Spiritual Practices

The Spiritual Value of Repetition and Routine by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
As many of us are sheltering-in-place, we are establishing new daily routines. This is a good time to incorporate practices into our spiritual lives that involve repetition of prayers, mantras, or special activities.

Sweetheart by Bernie Siegel
The requirement that we engage in physical distancing does not mean we need to be social distancing. Now is the time to remember and connect with all the sweethearts in your life.

Movies

Beasts of the Southern Wild directed by Benh Zeitlin
Six-year-old Hushpuppy faces the difficulties of poverty and climate change and proves she knows how to be a survivor. Our gallery shares her lessons, many of which also apply to how we can deal with the pandemic.

Cast Away directed by Robert Zemeckis
Tom Hanks stars as a FedEx employee stranded on a deserted island. He models creative ways to handle being isolated from people while keeping his spirits up.

Poetry

A dragon was pulling a bear into its terrible mouth by Jelaluddin Rumi
This poem by the Sufi mystic Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks, encourages us to notice the presence of helpers in the world and to give our weakness to the One Who Helps.

Prayers

A Prayer for Those Affected by the Coronavirus
This prayer, written by Mary Ann Brussat in late January 2020, calls upon the God of Mercy to give us patience, comfort, and protection.

Praise Song for the Pandemic
This prayer by Christine Valters Paintner, founder of the Abbey of the Arts, recalls all for which we can be grateful during the pandemic with praise and blessings.

Tiny Prayers from the Epicenter
Written by Micah Bucey, minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City, this collection of prayers covers health care workers, faith leaders, those who are afraid, artists, our bodies, elected officials, those who have died from the COVID-19, with more prayers to come.

Readings

An Excerpt from You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hahn
Every moment, even in the midst of a pandemic, can be a wonderful moment, once we free ourselves from preoccupations about the past and the future and settle into the present.

An Excerpt from Zen Heart by Ezra Bayda
Fear is so prevalent in many people’s lives these days – the basic fear of losing safety and the helplessness of losing control. A Buddhist teacher explains how to practice with fear to create a more spacious heart.