August 16, 2018

What's Happening This Week at

Editors' Pick   

By Mary Ann Brussat

The wisdom traditions have a long history of respecting inanimate objects as more than resources to be exploited and then discarded. Similarly, museums teach that we can cherish objects for their expressiveness, beauty, and utility. Enjoy these reflections about why museums are ideal places for spiritual practice, plus this special download about visio divina at the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art in Claremont, California.

By Julia Davis
The impact of the Nineteenth Amendment can hardly be measured. It fully enfranchised women whose fathers and brothers and husbands could already vote. It countenanced women's desire to practice democracy beyond the domestic sphere. It gave women the right to be represented and to represent themselves, opening opportunities for female leadership at all levels.

A new e-course by Connie Zweig
September 3 - 28, 2018 
Usually we try to show a pure, kind, intelligent face to the world. But, unknowingly, we push away qualities that don't fit the ideal. They take on a life of their own, known in psychology as the shadow. This e-course helps you to form a conscious relationship with the shadow so that it doesn't erupt in self-destructive ways.  Read more and subscribe:
An e-course by William Martin
September 1 - 28, 2018 
Life does not unfold in a logical manner nor does it ever submit to our desires for control. The Tao Te Ching is a venerable guide on how to "let Life live itself" in and through each of us. Sign up today for this very special experience with one of the world's most influential and beautiful sacred texts. Read more and subscribe:
A new Practice Group
August 2018 - July 2019 
It's not too late to sign up for the Contemplative Photographers Practice Group! Registration remains open through the end of this month. Share your creative insights and be inspired by others, with once-a-week prompts to keep you headed in intriguing directions. Read more and subscribe:
Our August e-courses are also still open for registration. When you sign up for Poetry in Quest of Courage or A Renaissance of Rituals, you will find the sessions sent so far available in your Spirituality & Practice account.
The Practicing Democracy Project 

We the People Book Club
A Discussion Group and Practice Circle
September 2018 - August 2019

Strengthen your vision of democracy and connections with others by contemplating classic and contemporary literary voices. We will be starting with John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath in September and welcome you to join us. You can sign up to discuss the books with others from around the country in an online Practice Circle for $24 (for the whole year) or you can download book guides for free each month. See the full list of monthly selections and sign up:

Directed by Bo Burnham

A lonely and socially awkward 13-year-old girl finds a way to connect with others through her own YouTube channel where she posts advice videos. Although her life is consumed by the world of the Internet and social media, she gains determination to establish face-to-face relationships in the real world.

More Films: BlacKkKlansman, Christopher Robin, The
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The King, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Memoir of War (La Douleur), The Swan (Svanurinn), A Whale of a Tale, The Wife

Directed by Chloe Zhao

Brady Jandreau was an up-and-coming rodeo star when  he was thrown from a bucking horse and sustained a serious head injury, cutting short his career. We keenly sense his heartache as he strives to rebuild his life and offers caregiving to another former rider.

More DVDs:
Final Portrait, Like Father, On Chesil Beach, Tully

One Kiss or Two?
By Andy Scott     
Have you ever been taken aback by someone's greeting? This smart and sassy book explores the art and science of saying hello, identifying cultural differences in manners and etiquette.

More Books:
Asking for a Friend, The Rich and the Rest of Us, The Second Coming of the KKK, Zen in the Age of Anxiety

By Jay McDaniel
The Someone who hears prayer is the very Soul of the universe and her name is Love. Love listens and responds, listens and responds, again and again, like a loving Abba, or a Buddhist Bodhisattva.

KidSpirit Youth Voices Blog
By Sofia Mesh 

Discovering how people in Alausi, Ecuador, see life brought this young writer a whole new understanding about not making things more complicated than they need to be.

From Our Wisdom Archive   

By the S&P Team 
Buddhist monks who save the forest by ordaining the trees. Children who watch the subtle ways that we give consideration to others. A girl who expresses her awe over the miracle of wildflowers. These themes and more express the spiritual path of reverence through the medium of stories.
A Thought to Carry with You  

Sometimes, amid our efforts to live compassionately and make the world more humane, we need to be reminded to be astonished that anything at all exists. This prayer of Mechthild of Magdeburg, Germany (1212 - 1280) praises the splendor of it all:

"O chosen sun, O perfect moon, O fathomless well,
O unattainable height, O clearness beyond measure,
O wisdom without end, O mercy without limit,
O strength beyond resistance, O crown of all majesty,
The humblest you created sings your praise."

This week, compose a line or two a day that taps into sheer wonder and gratitude. Notice how this practice enhances your energy for the things that matter to you.
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Margaret Wakeley