April 14, 2016

What's Happening This Week at SpiritualityandPractice.com

Editor's Pick 

By Darren Polito

An intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm, or a desire for something are definitions of passion. Yet it's so much more, just as the flames of a fire are more than yellow. Passion is like a kaleidoscope of fiery colors swirling from our hearts.


Naming the Days: Birthday of Leonardo da Vinci
Need a boost for your creativity? Consider the model of the extraordinarily gifted Leonardo da Vinci, renowned not only for paintings like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper but also for advances in fields as diverse as anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.


A new e-course by Lindsay McLaughlin and
Patricia Campbell Carlson
May 2 - 27, 2016 

There's much more to prayer than what happens from the chin up! Here's an opportunity to weave together body and soul in gentle, accessible movement that connects you to the fullness of life. Read more and sign up here:
A new e-course by Kabir Helminski
May 1 - 28, 2016

Sufis have developed a rich history of storytelling as a way to teach and guide. This e-course lets you listen to, soak up, and reflect upon this wisdom. Read more and sign up here:

Directed by Stéphane Brizé

In this social critique, an unemployed factory worker faces humiliation and discouragement in his year-long search for a job -- but when he finally gets one, his situation takes an ironic and equally challenging twist.

More Films:
Viva Activa, Louder than Bombs, Demolition, My Golden Days, Our Last Tango 
Film Feature

Unemployment is rampant in the United States and many other countries due to changing technologies and trends in the global economy. Here are readings and films that put stories on the statistics, pointing out the spiritual challenges faced by unemployed people and their families.


By Ajahn Brahm

This spunky paperback by the abbot and spiritual director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia reminds us that we can incarnate "golden radiance" by practicing kindness.  
More Books: Like Trees Walking, The Way of Mercy, Live Happy, Triumph of the Heart, Whole Detox


Part of the Kultur International Films series "Artists of the 20th Century," this DVD explores Matisse's colorful, fluid paintings, printmaking, and other aspects of his illustrious and controversial career.


Spiritual Literacy Blog
By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Join us in reflecting on Brian Doyle's caring look at "the ways and means and manners by which people gently touch each other." What examples come to your mind that show how human touch conveys meaningful moments of grace?


Inner resilience, a hopeful and holy future, gifted women leaders,the firepower of forgiveness, and calls to conscience are among the soul-stirring themes featured in these carefully curated selections. 

From Our Wisdom Archive   

Would you like a way to meet with others who share your interest in self-understanding, interpersonal engagement, and connection with the universe - around a shared interest in films and books? Here is a thoughtfully crafted vehicle for exploring and strengthening your deepest commitments. See the "Also Recommended" box at the right for links where you can learn about Types of Circles, Program Planning, Tips for Using Movies for Soulmaking, and more.  
A Thought to Carry with You  
What if that which is most authentic is not only ancient but also newborn, the living, that of today, the cusp we are only beginning to see? Rebecca Parker writes in "The Greening of God" (The Center Post: A Journal of U.U. Rowe Center, Spring/Summer 2016) that "revelation comes to those who are radically hospitable to what they do not know. The choice to take the next step is an act of holy curiosity. . . . To those who move in the midst of mystery and silence, even when trembling and afraid, the face of God sometimes appears. New ways of speaking of God arise from the luminous dark."

When you see a flower shoot push up through dark earth, remember this. When you see a star blaze forth from the deep night sky, remember this. When a spark of hope ignites in the midst of a dark time and you realize that it is by living your values that you will see them manifest for sure, remember this. 
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Darren Polito