March 3, 2017

What's Happening This Week at

Editor's Pick  

Designed by Darren C. Polito

"Try to do everything with a mind that lets go," writes Ajahn Chah. "If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom." Let this gallery of memes on the art of letting go guide you.

We still have far to go towards worldwide rights while women are subject to violence, denied equal opportunity in education and healthcare, under-represented in business and politics, and paid less than their male counterparts. This page links to 14 reviews of films on gender parity plus quotes, a video, and more.

More Practices: Birthday of Karl Rahner, Jean-Pierre de Caussade Day  

Becoming Truly Human: Gurdjieff's Obligolnian Strivings
A new e-course by Cynthia Bourgeault       
February 27 - April 10, 2017
A great spiritual yearning needs legs; it needs to test its mettle in the challenging conditions of daily life. This e-course with one of S&P's favorite presenters helps you find your way amid life's tempering give-and-take. You're still in plenty of time to sign up:
The Transformation of Suffering: A Lenten Journey
A new e-course by Contemplative Outreach
March 1 - April 14, 2017

Unfathomable suffering and unfathomable joy: Such is the human condition in the tides of circumstance. This Lenten journey brings you excerpts from Thomas Keating's videos and writings, wisdom of contemplative witnesses, and the practice of Visio Divina with the art of William Congdon. Read more and sign up:

Enjoy reviews and trailers for Heal the Living, Frantz, 150 Milligrams, and more films included in the 22th edition of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films' celebrated annual series, a showcase for the vitality of contemporary French filmmaking.

More Films: The Last Laugh 

Directed by Barry Jenkins  

Out of eight Oscar nominations, Moonlight won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), and Best Adapated Screenplay (Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney). This tale of a gay, poor, and bullied black man's quest for wholeness won our hearts. We agree that it deserves the acclaim it has received.

More DVDs: Dr. Strange, Sidewalk Traffic  

The Wisdom of Not Knowing
By Estelle Frankel

Skillfully marshaling ideas from mystical Judaism and psychotherapy, Frankel gives us astonishing intimations of the spiritual maturity that comes with quests, creativity, darkness, questions, and open-mindedness.

More Books: The Desert: An Anthology for Lent, An Ignatian Book of Days  
Children's Books   

By Jessixa Bagley 

Two bored badgers, Tic and Tac, have never before helped hang the laundry. After getting some helpful tips from their mom, they turn this chore into an opportunity for fun.

More Children's Books: The Land of Nod 

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 

Odilon Redon, a pioneer of Symbolist art, made some 30 etchings and 170 lithographs. This fetching 1911 painting, Silence, shows Harpocrates, the ancient Greek god of silence and secrecy, expressing a soul gesture which is illustrative of the need to hold in our energy in order to hear our inner voice.

KidSpirit Youth Voices Blog
By Olivia Bailey

If mindfulness were a color -- say, yellow, for the happiness it brings -- how could that help us with the conflicts surrounding us? This young writer has lots of ideas about this possible road to world peace as well as peace of heart.

An e-course with Lynne Twist and Br. David Steindl-Rast
March 29 - May 3, 2017 
This new e-course from our partner features videos of conversations between global visionary Lynne Twist and Br. David Steindl-Rast, one of our Living Spiritual Teachers. Reorient the currents of your life to principles of sufficiency and gratefulness that can bring you sustained happiness.
Elder Spirituality

By Rachel Cowan and Linda Thal

This eminently practical resource offers Torah study, prayer, mindfulness, meditation, tikun midot (the development of ethical character traits), yoga, and singing as antidotes to ageism. It's a deeply spiritual resource filled with insights and exercises for handling both the blessings and the setbacks of aging. .
From Our Wisdom Archive   

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Eight interfaith prayer books provide access to the rich heritage of the world's religions through prayers that approach life's experiences with faith, love, compassion, justice, forgiveness, reverence, joy, and wonder.

A Thought to Carry with You  

To keep going on a road of peacemaking, sometimes we have to take the long view -- a sweeping perspective that is indivisible from each thoughtful action we take in this moment and the next. Gary Snyder puts it movingly in this excerpt from "For the Children" in Turtle Island:

In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light

In the next century? That sounds achingly long, and yet anyone who has lived for a few decades begins to understand that
life-affirming change usually happens slowly. A faithful person carries an acorn in her pocket on a long pilgrimage and plants it in a new land where her children's children will watch it grow into an oak.

There are valleys and pastures in a future lovingly envisioned, Snyder assures us: places of refuge and fertility. We can meet there in peace -- and then the poignant part: if we make it. And what is our best hope of making it? Staying together. Studying Nature in her resilient beauty. Going "light" in its double sense: unburdened and also bathed in the bright pulse of Being. 
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Darren Polito