January 11, 2019

What's Happening This Week at SpiritualityandPractice.com

Editors' Pick   

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat and Micah Bucey

From At Eternity's Gate to The World Before Your Feet, these films brought us beauty, hope, love, meaning, transformation, vision, wonder and much more this past year. Enjoy reviews of our favorites in these categories:
The Ten Most Spiritually Literate Films
Ten More Spiritually Literate Films
The Ten Most Spiritually Literate Foreign Language Films
The Ten Most Spiritually Literate Documentaries
Ten More Spiritually Literate Documentaries
The Five Most Spiritually Literate Animated Films    

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat  

"Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality," said Albert Schweitzer, a true citizen of the world, born on January 14, 1875. Celebrate his life with these quotes, reviews, a spiritual practice, and a visit to The Reverence Project

More Practices: Birthday of Swami Vivekananda, George Fox Day
Children's Books   

A Stone for Sascha
By Aaron Becker      
Conveyed entirely in wistful and compelling pictures, this story offers a great depth of wisdom. A young girl picks fresh flowers to put on the grave of her family's dog who has newly died. When she discovers a meteorite fragment and receives a vision of its history, her grief gets carried into an increasingly expansive perspective.

When God Gave Us Words
By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso     
Sasso's latest creation takes us behind the scenes to God's conversations with angels about giving humans the gift of words. The angels aren't sure this is such a good idea! We get to see and hear the grand experiment play out, from gossip to lullabies.
More Children's Books:  ABC Mindful Me; Angel in Beijing; Bee Still; The Crocodile and the Dentist; First Laugh - Welcome, Baby!; Good Morning, Snowplow!; A Hug Is for Holding Me; I Need a Hug; Imagine; Joy; Just Breathe; The Keepers of Color; Love; Lulu is a Rhinoceros; The Marvelous Mustard Seed; Meeting Trees; Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights; A Prayer for the Animals; See, Hear, Feel


A Call for Revolution
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sofia Stril-Rever     
"For the first time in history, the future of humanity depends on the upcoming generation: yours." This call for a "Revolution of Compassion," addressed to the world's youth, grew out of a conversation His Holiness the Dalai Lama had with four young people. A powerful excerpt invites us to remember the shared reality of life, our inner humanity, and the force of truth.

More Books: Grieving - The Sacred Art, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

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Practicing Democracy Project  

By Habib Todd Boerger

Delve into the results of a remarkable quest for quotations about democracy, each sorted by the values, virtues, and practices it presents. Currently we have more than 1,100 quotes! They range from before the American Revolution to the present day, and from the United States to further reaches of the globe: Austria, India, Ethiopia, South Africa, and more. 

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Help shape America's democracy for the common good of all. This eight-month opportunity for graduate students and post-grads explores how democracy as a way of life can be strengthened and deepened through spiritual practices. Please spread the word! 

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron

This very special film centers around the life and work of a live-in maid employed by a middle-class couple and their four mischievous children. We witness -- and the family benefits from -- her meaningful acts of love, words of encouragement, and various kinds of empathy and reverence.

More Films: 22 July, Capernaum (CapharnaĆ¼m), The Charmer (Charmoren), Cold War (Zimna wojna), The Dawn Wall, Of Fathers and Sons, Liyana, Mary Queen of Scots, Mirai, A Private War, Sicilian Ghost Story, Springsteen on Broadway, Suspiria

What They Had
Directed by Elizabeth Chomko

Ruth has been married for more than 50 years to Burt, but their happy life is changing almost daily as she moves into the later stages of Alzheimer's disease. An unusual mix of humor and sadness helps heal the heartbreak in this wonderfully human portrait of a family facing circumstances beyond their control.

More DVDs:
Fahrenheit 11/9

A new e-course by Jay McDaniel and Byrd McDaniel
January 7 - February 28, 2019  
Popular music serves as a tutor in our emotional lives and as a sacred text for many in the world today. In this e-course, a father-son team of presenters introduce different forms of contemporary pop music, showing how they are linked with the "Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy." Read more and subscribe:
An e-course by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
January 7 - 27, 2019 
Recovery programs say that it takes three weeks to break a habit or start a new practice. Here is a 21-day journey on the path of change. Each day you will receive an email with a short reading from a spiritual teacher and a spiritual practice to help you firm up your resolve and take steps forward. Read more and subscribe: 
A new e-course by Contemplative Outreach
January 7 - December 26, 2019 
Registration will remain open through February 1, 2019, for this lovingly crafted formation program that provides a solid conceptual background for the practice of contemplative prayer and the spiritual journey for our times. When you sign up, you will find in your account an archive of the sessions covered so far. Read more and sign up:

A Commonplace Book Blog
By Frederic Brussat
In 2019, we begin the New Year with an uplifting assurance that the Holy One is present all around us and inside us -- transforming our lives and advancing the universe with our energy. The many changes that are just around the corner can be trusted since they come from the Great Mystery. 
KidSpirit Youth Voices Blog
By Olivia Bailey

On a hunting trip to Texas, the author encounters real-life evidence that what she sees on screens is airbrushed, covered in makeup, and overly perfect.

More Blogs: "V" Is for Vision, Words that Compel Us to Dive Deep
Elder Spirituality Project  

By Ezra Bayda with Elizabeth Hamilton

As we age, we increasingly face obstacles, disappointments, and failures as well as more specific challenges: serious illness, low energy, chronic pain, grief, loneliness, and memory loss. Here are spiritual practices grounded in essential Buddhist understandings of impermanence, equanimity, and aspiration.
From Our Wisdom Archive   

By Frederic Brussat and Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Enjoy the vitality of a cosmology and mythology that stretches far back in time, in what has been called the oldest religion on earth. Books, e-courses, films, spiritual practices, teacher profiles, and videos allow you to encounter the Divine in fresh and inspiring ways.

A Thought to Carry with You  

Have you ever noticed how many advocates of human dignity were born in January? Here's a small sample: Folk singer and activist Joan Baez, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harlem Renaissance writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, Trappist monk and interreligious pioneer Thomas Merton, suffragist Alice Paul, prolific Christian writer Henri J.M. Nouwen, leading architect of Chicana feminism Martha Cotera, and peacemaker Mahatma Gandhi. 

So January is an excellent time to be reminded, as we are by Edward Hays, that if conflict is necessary, then for the sake of humanity and all creation we need to carefully choose our weapons. "If you are foolish enough to use the same weapons as those who attack you," he writes, "you will lose even if you win. If you know in advance that conflict is ahead of you, create an inner blueprint of how you wish to engage in the conflict. Design with prayerfulness only weapons of light, craft only shields of love, and wear no armor but the presence of God so that you do not turn into the evil forces that you fight."

Our wish for you this week is that your inner blueprint for resolving conflict will be clear, courageous, and compassionate, like those of the many great souls who have gone before us, blazing a trail to peace.   
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Margaret Wakeley