August 19, 2016

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Editor's Pick   

By Terry Tempest Williams

The award-winning author of 15 books pays tribute in this volume to America's national parks, visited by more than 300 million people a year. Through exquisitely written essays, she reminds us to do all we can to protect, renew, and revitalize our wilderness treasures.

By Frederic Brussat

We are happy to share with you a new format for everyday spiritual practice: a personal mini-retreat for you to explore with your journal or simply through prayer and reflection. Our first mini-retreat gives you  an opportunity to open to the bounty of your own experiences through memories.

By Patricia Campbell Carlson

Let yourself be inspired anew by Leonard Bernstein's creativity and promotion of global harmony as we honor this great composer, pianist, and humanitarian.

More Practices: Birthday of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, National Dog Day


Ways to Love the Life You Have
By Roger Housden      
September 5 - October 24, 2016

Join author Roger Housden and others from our worldwide community in a discussion group about his new book, Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have. Our conversations will take place in an online forum open 24/7 that accepts posts from any time zone. You can share your experiences practicing this courageous response in all the facets of your life. Sign up now to receive your copy of the book direct from the publisher! Read more and sign up here:
By Sylvia Boorstein with James Kullander      
September 5 - 30, 2016

This retreat leads us through a series of lessons and meditation practices that show us how to have an abiding good will towards ourselves, friends, family members, colleagues, people we see on the street and in stores, and even those whom Sylvia calls "difficult people" -- people who have hurt us or simply rub us the wrong way. Read more and sign up here:

Directed by David Lowery

This emotionally touching remake of Disney's 1977 fantasy combines live action with computer-generated imagery to create scenes inspiring awe, wonder, and reverence for the natural world.

More Films:
Abortion: Stories Women Tell, Florence Foster Jenkins, A Tale of Love and Darkness, When Two Worlds Collide  

Directed by Leena Yadav

This poignant and hard-hitting Indian drama shows that the battle for women's rights in the world's largest democracy is spreading, even though tribal marriage pacts for young girls, gang rapes, and honor killings are still rampant.

More DVDs: Fathers and Daughters, A Hologram for the King, Our Last Tango, A Monster with a Thousand Heads, Sweet Bean

Word by Word
By Marilyn McEntyre

How can we dwell, linger, listen, and pray with words? Through a graceful collection of 15 essays, McEntyre suggests meditating on words that play a significant role in our culture and consciousness.  
By Nicholas Kardaras

Parents with children who are addicted to video games or texting have felt the fear and the frustration of realizing that their son or daughter could become one of those for whom "the digital realm has usurped real-life experiences." An addiction expert explains the psychological, sociological, cultural, and economic impacts of the global tech epidemic.
More Books: After Montaigne, Heartfulness, The House of Twenty Thousand Books, I'm Right and You're an Idiot, The Intelligent Heart
Children's Books   

By Charles Ohiyesa Eastman, edited by Michael Oren Fitzgerald

This classic in Native American literature is now adapted for children. A first-person autobiographical account by Ohiyesa, it gives wonderful details about his childhood and preparation for life as a warrior and hunter. He writes, for instance: "It was common for birds to land on my cradle in the woods."

More Children's Books: Amy Meets the Saints and Sages  

KidSpirit Blog
By Maria Christian

Wise reflections, written at age 13, about letting God drown out the background noise of religious opinion and take us away to wherever we need to be.

More Blogs: Spiritual Literacy Blog: Robots Are Taking Over

From Our Wisdom Archive   

Barking Water. Black Robe. Broken Rainbow. Brother Bear. Here are 20 films, a mix of features and documentaries, which offer fresh insights into Native American history, culture, tradition, and clashes with white culture.

A Thought to Carry with You  

As the birth anniversary of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein approaches (August 25), we have been reflecting on the power of music to generate new meaning. Bernstein's perspective after the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy epitomizes this remarkable power. On November 25, 1963, at a fundraising event for the United Jewish appeal of Greater New York, Bernstein spoke of the regard that musicians had for the slain president, who had honored "every creative impulse of the human mind."

And he offered these time-honored words: "We musicians, like everyone else, are numb with sorrow at this murder, and with rage at the senselessness of the crime. But this sorrow and rage will not inflame us to seek retribution; rather they will inflame our art. Our music will never again be quite the same. This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."

As you consider the senseless violence which confronts us in the world, what creative impulse can you fan into flame even more fervently than before? Creativity, when in the service of gracious intent, continually restores life. 
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Darren Polito