April 22, 2015

What's Happened at SpiritualityandPractice.com

Happy Earth Day. Spiritual practices are the best ways we know to celebrate and honor the Earth; we suggest 12 of them. We also invite you to chant along with Sandi Kimmel on "Love Mother Earth" from her album Soul Feathers.

 

Creating Sanctuary for Ourselves and Others. Terry Hershey and Patricia Campbell Carlson, who have both done popular and practical e-courses for S&P, are teaming up next month for an e-course on the ways we can establish grace-filled sacred places for ourselves and for a world in need of safe harbors. Register here. Get ready by checking out Terry's new book Sanctuary.

 

What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog seller? Make Me One with Everything by Lama Surya Das goes way beyond the joke by providing practices for overcoming illusions of duality and experiencing oneness. Read an excerpt on Ten Keys to Inter-Meditation and another with Thirty-three Potent Aphorisms.

 

How reading has changed. Words Onscreen by Naomi S. Baron surveys the challenges of reading through digital technology. More books.

 

Loving the art of solving crimes. Grantchester, a six-part British series that recently aired in the U.S. on PBS, is about an Anglican priest who is a gifted amateur detective. It's now on DVD. More DVDs.

 

Practicing reverence towards yourself. Nanette Sawyer explains the practice of self-examination in an excerpt from The Forgiveness Handbook by the editors of SkyLight Paths; the book contains essays by more than 50 writers representing many religious traditions.

 

The landscape is alive. That's one of the tenets of Celtic spirituality as explained by the late poet John O'Donohue in the documentary A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O'Donohue.

 

A stuck-in-a-rut marriage. While We're Young is a funny and fine film about a middle-age couple's attempt to revive their relationship by befriending a couple young enough to be their children. More films.

 

A bridge-builder. Monk With a Camera, now on DVD, presents the life and work of a Western abbot in a Tibetan monastery in India. It's also streaming from Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

 

Badlands, you gotta live it everyday. A recent "Spiritual Reading of the Day" was an analysis of the spiritual messages in Bruce Springsteen's song "Badlands" from The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen by Jeffrey Symnkywicz.

 

The art of living fully. Being Taoist by Eva Wong explores how we can make the most of the public, private, domestic, and spirit sectors of life.

 

The healing powers of music. Song One, an emotionally rich drama about the restorative powers of music, is now on DVD.

 

Reverence for dogs. White God is a poignant Hungarian film parable about the terrible things that can happen when there is no respect for dogs as our valued companions.

 

Many everyday images of God. Wearing God by Lauren Winner reveals the diversity of Divine imagery, including God as clothing, laughter, and fire.

 

Time to switch to safer products. The Human Experiment, a documentary film, offers a harrowing look at the irresponsibility of the chemical industry which is making many products downright dangerous.

 

A classic with fresh magic. Cinderella is an emotionally affecting screen version of this evergreen tale.

 

We are hardwired to do good. The Altruistic Brain by Donald Pffaf explains this phenomenon and questions the concept of original sin.

 

Sentient robots? Chappie is a well-done thriller about such a being on the mean streets of Johannesburg.

 

A delightful visit with old friends. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel gives us a chance to see how the elders we met in the first film are now faring in India.

 

Learning resiliency. Joyce Rupp's Fly While You Still Have Wings is a spiritual memoir and a tribute to her mother.

 

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It's getting bigger, prompting us to write a "Prayer for the Oceans and Marine Life" in our "Praying the News" blog. More blog posts.

 

R.I.P. Eduardo Galeano. The award-winning Latin American journalist, historian, and prophetic writer died of cancer on April 13, 2015 in Montevideo, Uruguay at the age of 74. In our tribute for our "Spiritual Literacy Blog," we include favorite short pieces from five of his books.

 

It has knocked down bridges What is it? Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman explores how people are fighting this common sign of impermanence.

 

Opt-out of college competition. Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni is a plea to parents and their children.

 

The religious profile of the world is changing. See what this means in our "Spiritual Literacy Blog" where we summarize a new report from the Pew Research Center.

 

Coming Soon

 

A new SpiritualityandPractice.com. We are still re-entering content that we could not migrate from our current site, but we are almost done. We are also adding a section on the arts and launching The Reverence Project. Stay tuned! If you'd like to help us get to this launch, we invite you to  read more about what's coming and make a donation. We are grateful for every gift, large or small.

 

Recommended from Our Wisdom Archive

 

? Sacred Poetry. It's National Poetry Month in the U.S., and we are posting a new poem from the top of the second column of the homepage every day. We've been doing collections of a month's worth of poetry for six years now. You can browse through this inspiration starting from this page.

 

Resources for Your Spiritual Journey to Carry You Through the Week

 

A Proverb to Ponder 
"No respect within, no respect without." 
- Kashmiri Proverb

 

A Pearl of Wisdom 
"To know oneself as a body is more important than to read the words of all wise men who have ever lived." 
- Marco Vassi

 

A Short Prayer 
"Get ready. 
Prepare yourself. 
Expect it. 
Then accept it 
Don't get too busy, 
Too self-concerned 
To miss it. 
God loves to do 
Great things in your life." 
- Susan R. Norton in Comfort Prayers by June Cotner

 

A Quotation to Inspire 
"Sometimes it's necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness." 
- Galway Kinnell

 

A Blessing from Us to You 
"Send forth, send forth a blessing 
A blessing to all, 
Now and forever, 
Love will increase, 
A blessing of peace." 
- by Mariam Theresa Winter 
in Birthings and Blessings II 
by Gail Anderson Ricciuti and Rosemary Catalano Mitchell