May 31, 2019

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Editors' Pick      

Looking for a nugget of daily inspiration? Our new free email service delivers wisdom from the world's spiritual traditions along with practical and specific first steps to embrace these ideas in your everyday life. Sometimes these practices are activities to do; other times they are questions for reflection. Subscribe here.

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat    

We all know individuals who have an intense commitment to what they are doing and seem to be able to sustain this steadfastness even in the face of formidable setbacks. How do they do it?  
More Practices : Anthony de Mello Day, Remembrance Day for Carrie Nation, Saint John XXIII Day, Birthday of Marian Wright Edelman, Pentecost, Anniversary of the Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, Birthday of Anne Frank, Feast Day of St. Anthony of Padua

A new e-course by Norman and Jane Wolfe
June 3 - 28, 2019 
This e-course is designed to help you increase your ability to reach desired outcomes through following the wisdom of the heart, having an improvisational mindset, using the art of storytelling, integrating opposites, being clear and explicit about your purpose, and other tools. Read more and subscribe: 
A new e-course by Contemplative Outreach
June 3 - July 11, 2019 
Centering Prayer provides space for the Divine Therapist to remove obstacles to the flow of grace and to illumine our whole being to the Divine Presence, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Read more and subscribe:
Directed by George Clooney

This engaging and hard-hitting interpretation of Joseph Heller's anti-war drama mixes humor, colorful characters, and zany dialogue to expose the myth of World War ll as a "Good War."

More Films: Ash Is Purest White, Non-Fiction, The Proposal, Tolkien, Wild Nights with Emily


Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
Part drug trafficking thriller, part earnest chronicle of a people in crisis, this film tracks the dissolution of a family from the WayĂșu tribe of Colombia's northeast Guajira region while celebrating the beauty of the tribe's dress, traditions, and rituals.

More DVDs: Apollo 11, Cold War, Every Act of Life, Everybody Knows, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Sicilian Ghost Story, Sorry Angel, The Image Book  

By Pico Iyer    
"Autumn poses the question we all have to live with: How to hold on to the things we love even though we know that we and they are dying," writes Iyer in this commentary on the spiritual significance of "impermanence" in Japanese culture.
By Thubten Chodron     
This daybook by the highly regarded founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey invites mindfulness and joy while challenging us to learn and practice antidotes to afflictions like anger, attachment, hatred, and jealousy.  
More Books:
1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy, For the Inward Journey: The Writings of Howard Thurman, Identity, The Robots Are Coming!

Children's Books   

By Jennifer Keats Curtis and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.    
Birds and other animals injured by oil spills need an extraordinary amount of individualized attention if they are to be released into the wild again. This book chronicles the work of a team who provide exactly the TLC that's needed.
More Children's Books:  Hildegard of Bingen, Zen Happiness


Directed by Chuck Smith
Barbara Rubin, a true believer that avant-garde cinema could transform the world, made her mark on the unique, volatile, and provocative decade of the 1960s.
By S&P Staff 
Not only is Wright known for his skill in design but also for his overall philosophy that architecture needs to nourish people, blend with the environment, and be democratic -- there for everyone to enjoy.

Practicing Democracy Project 

By Habib Todd Boerger 
Democracy begins locally -- not only within the city or county government nearest you but even closer, within your neighborhood. Here are some ways to get involved.
By Viet Thanh Nguyen
This Pulitzer Prize-winning spy novel doubles as a treatise on American culture and a philosophical reflection on the dynamics of power. More importantly, it offers a Vietnamese refugee's perspective on the Vietnam War. Join us for discussion and insights.
B logs
By Patricia Campbell Carlson

The Washington Post reports that one million species face extinction. How can our prayer wrap around this need to restore ecosystems and, in the process, restore something of ourselves?
KidSpirit Youth Voices Blog
By Nimai Agarwal

Reducing the world and people into labels is a necessary skill, but it can be dangerous if we don't realize that labels are half-truths at best, lies at worst.  

From Our Wisdom Archive   

By S&P Team 
Deep gratitude to all of you who helped us celebrate the 50th (!) wedding and work anniversaries of S&P co-founders and co-directors Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. If you missed the occasion, you can read all about it here. Your gifts sustain this work. 
A Thought to Carry with You  

"The life of 'peace' is both an inner journey toward a disarmed heart and a public journey toward a disarmed world," writes American Catholic priest, pacifist, and author John Dear, several times a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. "This difficult but beautiful journey gives infinite meaning and fulfillment to life itself because our lives become a gift for the whole human race. With peace as the beginning, middle, and end of life, life makes sense." 

We might add that lives devoted to peacemaking also become a gift for all beings, for Earth herself, and perhaps even for the cosmos in ways we do not yet fully understand.

This month -- and onward for all our days -- may our hearts tune into the frequency of peace, which is ever present but often unheeded, and may our lives reflect that peace in ever more refined, sensitive, and courageous ways.   
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Margaret Wakeley