November 22, 2016

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Editor's Pick   

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 

Trying to decide where to dine out? Practice empathy for the food choices of your companions. Let go of your preferences. See yourself as pleased no matter where you eat. You can even be playful as you chose a restaurant by spinning around and pointing! Here's a whole page of spiritual approaches to guide you.


"Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff," believed Sojourner Truth, and so she went about proving it by writing and speaking out fearlessly on behalf of civil and human rights and offering practical, untiring help to freed slaves following the Civil War.  


A new daily program from the S&P Team     
November 27, 2016 - January 6, 2017

Looking for an affordable gift for a loved one? For gentle inspiration to carry you into the New Year? Priced at only $25, this e-course in our new Wisdom Programs series immerses you in the patient, hopeful waiting and joy that make the holiday season radiant with inner light. Read more and sign up here:
A new e-course by Contemplative Outreach
November 25 - December 23, 2016

Those of you who have spent Advent in the past with the thoughtful presenters of Contemplative Outreach know that it's like being included in a family -- one which remains unusually calm and centered throughout the holiday build-up. Join us for scripture, art, music, and spiritual companionship. Read more and sign up here:  

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

If you were to meet aliens from other planets, how would you talk with them? In this film's race against time, discoveries about language become the pivotal tools to convey compassion, openness, and deep listening.
More Feature Films: Ali and Nino, The Edge of Seventeen, I Am Not Madame Bovary, Seasons, A Street Cat Named Bob, Golden Kingdom

Directed by Otto Bell

To watch an eagle soaring in the sky is to experience poetry in motion. In this riveting documentary, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl from a nomadic herding family becomes the first female to compete in the Golden Eagle Festival and hunt with her eagle in the wild.

More Documentaries:
Blood on the Mountain, Disturbing the Peace, The Islands and the Whales, Magnus, National Bird, Uncle Howard

Directed by Paul Dalio

Are depressed individuals drawn to creative expression? And can mood disorders bring about increased levels of creativity in already gifted people? This rich, moving drama explores these questions from the point of view of two young bipolar young people.

More DVDs: Chicken People; Finding Dory; Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World; Mia Madre; Summertime; When Two Worlds Collide

The Grace in Living
By Kathleen Dowling Singh

Grace has a thousand names and is rich with a sense of beauty and goodness and love freely given. This book helps us align our actions and intentions with it.  
More Books: Awakening from the Daydream, Conversations in the Spirit, Rising Strong, Sixty


By Mary Ann Brussat

For decades, Cohen's songs chronicled the challenges of our times with poetic expression, unusual imagery, astute observations, and spiritual depth. This post-election prayer is a mashup of his song titles and lyrics.


Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82 on November 7. Visit this page to see videos of Leonard Cohen's performances of some of his masterpieces: The Guests, Suzanne, Come Healing, Hallelujah and more. 

Wisdom Archives

Religious teachings and scientific studies agree: feeling and expressing gratitude puts you on the path to happiness and contentment. These quotes and pictures will help draw you into the spirit of Thanksgiving.

A Thought to Carry with You  

What do we all have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season? One powerful thing that may not come immediately to mind is gratitude for ample opportunities to strengthen the muscle of our heart. As Diane de Poitiers writes in Winifred Gordon's A Book of Days, "Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other, everything to gain."

So we wish you a courageous heart. And we thank you for all the times that your messages, your participation in our e-courses, your financial gifts, and your prayers have given us heart. Dr. Albert Schweitzer observed that "sometimes our flame goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being." As Thanksgiving approaches, we think of all the times you have helped keep our flame alive, and we hope that our services do the same for you. May this grateful give-and-take keep courage alive in all of us.  
Thanksgiving blessings, 
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Darren Polito