March 14, 2015

What's Happening This Week at

Editor's Pick   

Happy S&P's 10th Anniversary to you! Please celebrate with us at our new Center in Claremont, California, this upcoming Sunday, March 20, any time from 3 to 8 p.m., with a blessing ceremony at 5 p.m. If you can't come, please join us in spirit. Click the picture for details.


Native Americans' sophisticated understanding of the interconnection of all life is now critical to the survival of many species, including humans. Here you will find books, prayers, practices, quotes, films, video clips, and more to calm your spirit, hone your observations, and help you assimilate the deep wisdom of this tradition.


Spiritual Practice by Bradford and Hillary Keeney
Gallery designed and created by Darren Polito

Be on the lookout for at least one moment a day when you can shine a special flashlight as a reminder that there is a Divine Light of the World. 

March 19, 2016 from 8:30 - 9:30 in your local time zone

This upcoming Saturday, join a worldwide community of concern by turning off your non-essential lights for one hour -- the Earth Hour -- to show that it is possible to take action on climate change. 
More Practices: St. Patrick's Day, Birthday of Sir Richard Burton, First Day of Spring, Feast Day of St. Cuthbert, World Water Day, Purim, Oscar Romero Day  

An e-course by Maggie Oman Shannon        
April 4 - 29, 2016

Embark on an exploration that has been crafted to offer you creative ideas, inspirations, and forms for praying. Here are 12 creative possibilities for prayer that have been found meaningful by others. The projects suggested during this e-course will help you discern what is most meaningful for you. 
A new e-course by Joan Chittister        
April 3 - 30, 2016

Here's a wonderful way to accept Pope Francis' invitation to make 2016 a Year of Mercy. Let your heart be moved daily by Joan Chittister's teachings about mercy. Carry a mantra of mercy with you into each week. Perform a daily act of mercy. Connect with others and receive guidance from Joan in a Practice Circle open 24/7.

Directed by Naomi Kawase

Cherry blossoms serve as symbols of love and joy in this heart-affecting story of one old lady's immense impact on a depressed middle-aged man and a young girl seeking her own special path in life.

More Films:
Cemetery of Splendor, Marguerite, Dheepan, The Fourth Noble Truth,Creative Control, Yalom's Cure, My King, Story of Judas, Boom Bust Boom

Directed by Dennis Bots

Even when two Dutch boys are thrust by circumstances in 1943 to take sides against each other, we recognize universal feelings of adolescence: the need to be liked, the joy of having a special friend, and the jealousy that can arise when someone else takes our place.

More DVDs: The Wonders, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, Carol, The Big Short

By Joan Chittister

This powerfully convincing book shows us how to apply fourth-century monastic wisdom to our everyday lives. 
More Books: Clearing Emotional Clutter, Grieving with Your Whole Heart, Path of the Heart

Welcome to Our Newest Blog
By KidSpirit Online

If you are not familiar with KidSpirit Online, prepare to be inspired! Created by and for young people to tackle life's big questions together, KidSpirit presents gems of insight relevant to people of all ages, especially to those of us who need our ideals reinvigorated and our belief in the future restored.

Coming soon: Be on the lookout for a month's worth of poems from young voices during April, National Poetry Month -- yet another reason why we're grateful for our new partnership with KidSpirit.

More Blog Posts: The Broader Sharing Economy 
Elder Spirituality Project

Landscapes of Aging and Spirituality, Woman in Gold, Goodbye to Language, and Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older give us clear-eyed, compassionate support for the series of epiphanies that come with conscious aging. 

From Our Wisdom Archive   

Activate your imagination. Improve self-esteem. Heighten attention. Deepen devotion. Do all this for free by simply taking one step after another, especially in the vibrant embrace of nature.  

A Thought to Carry with You  

The Welsh-born patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, was sold into slavery as a teenager. He turned to religion for solace and later established monasteries, schools, and churches in Ireland, using the three-leaf shamrock to help explain the Trinity. His "Shield Prayer" twines Celtic imagery together with Christian themes:

"I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun's life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks."

As we celebrate St. Patrick's Day this week, may you find that good luck comes to you as gently and benevolently as in Robert Herrick's poem:

"So good luck came, and on my roof did light
Like noiseless snow, or as the dew of night:
Not all at once, but gently, as the trees
Are by the sunbeams tickled by degrees." 
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Darren Polito