February 9, 2017

What's Happening This Week at SpiritualityandPractice.com

Editors' Pick   

By Marilyn McEntyre  

Looking for ways to explore your intentions, discover subtle layers of feeling, or reflect upon your past, present, and future experiences? This pleasure-filled book leads you along a path into a wondrous pluriverse made up of lists you may never have even imagined. Whether you tend to scribble a list on a scrap of paper or regularly fill your journal with them, you will find great ideas here!

Ash Wednesday

This year Ash Wednesday, the first day Lent, falls on the same day as Valentine's Day, February 14. Awareness of the fragility of life -- a Lenten practice which Edward Hays here encourages us to develop -- can be a way to remember how precious our loved ones truly are.

Here are eight ways to practice expressing love, which is not something that you just fall into, in spite of what romance novels and hit songs want us to believe.

If you would like to laugh over the lighter side of the connection between Valentine's Day and Lent, check out these special February 14th cards on our Facebook page.

More Practices: A.J. Muste Day  

A new e-course by Rami Shapiro
February 14 - March 31, 2018

Here is an opportunity to delve deeply into powerful  universal teachings -- sent to you daily from Ash Wednesday to Easter Eve -- and to share your experience with practices based on them with a worldwide community. Read more and sign up:
A new e-course by Patricia A. Farmer and Jay McDaniel   
February 14 - March 30, 2018

This e-course presents a vision of the universe as a network of creativity and inter-becoming, and of God as loving, present with us in the darkness, and always luring us towards new life. Read more and sign up:

Directed by James Demo

This deeply moving portrait of Padraig O'Malley shows him trying to bring peace, healing, and reconciliation to a warring world. His approach to peacemaking comes from his experiences in recovery. He compares the storytelling that goes on at an AA meeting to the kind of personal exchanges needed in the peacemaking process.

More Films: West of the Jordan River  

Directed by Alain Gomis 

In this drama, a singer and single mother in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a tough survivor who has spent many a long night singing in a bar trying to lift sagging spirits of the patrons. When her son is seriously injured in a motorbike accident, she faces a crisis. 

More DVDs:
Earth: One Amazing Day, God's Own Country, Goodbye Christopher Robin

An Appeal to the World
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

his book calls for a universal ethics as a pathway to peace. His Holiness examines many hot topics of our times including climate change, war, peace, mindfulness, President Trump, refugees, inner values, human rights, and freedom for Tibet. In the excerpt, he urges us to educate our hearts to love our enemies.

More Books: Bullets into Bells, Frederick Douglass  
Children's Books   

By Mordicai Gerstein  

This compassionate story tells of a boy who remembers his own experience of being tangled in a net and so tries to help a caught whale, even though he knows his action could be dangerous. When the net finally drifts loose, the whale leaps and spins, showing joy and gratitude.


Compiled by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Designed by Darren C. Polito

"When you appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of things, you receive energy," James Redfield reminds us. These 12 spiritual practices, in the form of thoughtfully illustrated quotations, would be helpful any time of year, but especially in mid-winter.


By Jay McDaniel

Your inner banjo is where your inner voice and the voice of God meet and have an everlasting love affair. You can find magnificent tastes of that experience even now.

More Blogs: KidSpirit Youth Voices: Great Unity; Spiritual Literacy: Can't Remember Books, Movies, and TV Shows? and Ursula Le Guin, an Appreciation  
From Our Wisdom Archive   

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

To honor dimensions of the Olympics beyond the competition itself, we've come up with some spiritual practices -- from Attention to Zeal -- based on the Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy. You can also view a gallery of meditations on Olympics sports.
A Thought to Carry with You  

When we consider the state of the world and its distance from ideals of peace, sustainability, compassion, respect, and other core values, we all need a repertoire of reminders that help us carry on. Here are a few of our favorites:

"When you feel how depressingly
slowly you climb,
it's well to remember that
Things Take Time."
-- Piet Hein in Grooks

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."
-- Arundhati Roy in "Confronting Empire"

"The real work of planet-saving will be small, humble, and humbling, and (insofar as it involves love) pleasing and rewarding. Its jobs will be too many to count, too many to report, too many to be publicly noticed or rewarded, too small to make anyone rich or famous."
-- Wendell Berry in Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community

Pick one of these quotes to keep in your pocket or on your desktop this week to lift your spirits and strengthen your resolve. Please know our S&P team's gratitude for all that you are doing in your own sphere -- no matter how humble, unnoticed, or unrewarded -- to proclaim that we have a brighter world in view. Every effort not only matters, but also inspires others to do what they can.
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson
Bo Carlson