July 13, 2014
What's Happened at SpiritualityandPractice.com

♦ Tonight on Global Spirit. Host Phil Cousineau interviews two environmental activists - Buddhist Joanna Macy and Jain Michael Tobias in this excellent program on "Sacred Ecology." You can watch it from anywhere in the world at www.GlobalSpirit.Tv (6 pm PT, 9 pm ET). Stay tuned after the program for a live chat with the program guests.


♦ Starting tomorrow. Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, S&P's Co-Directors, will be sending out their favorite teaching stories in daily emails for "Practicing Spirituality with Teaching Stories." Learn a process to access the wisdom of these stories and share your insights into them in the online Practice Circle. Read more about it and sign up here, then go to the Practice Circle and introduce yourself to a community of kindred spirits.


♦ Coming soon - August 4. "Forgiveness: Growth in Love" is a one-month online retreat on the contemplative practice of forgiveness. Read more about it and sign up here.


♦ The art of improvisation as a path of wisdom, creativity, and personal renewal. This unfolds beautifully in Richard Linklater's Boyhood, which was filmed with the same actors over 12 years; it's one of the Best Films of 2014. More films.


♦ The best of the early summer blockbusters. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes revolves around the moral leadership of a peace-making ape and the heart-centered actions of a good man.


♦ Praying the News. Join us in praying for the child migrants looking for sanctuary in the U.S. after fleeing gang violence and poverty in Central America. More prayers in this blog.


♦ This shocked us. In our Spiritual Literacy Blog we report on the results of a research project in which people were so averse to being alone with their thoughts that they were willing to give themselves a mild shock rather than just sit there. More blog posts.


♦ Two elders' adventure in Iceland. Land Ho! is a wonderful and quirky film about two very different seventy-somethings.


♦ Negativity is a disease on the planet. That's what Ekhart Tolle calls it. Our article "Coping with Negativity" gives an overview of the problem along with some suggested antidotes.


♦ July is Sacred Earth Month. We're unveiling a new book excerpt each day. Here an example: Steven Chase writing about nature as a spiritual teacher.


♦ Love, loss, and yearning. Lunchbox, now available on DVD, is one of the Most Spiritually Literate Films of 2014 with its exquisite performances and deeply spiritual messages. More DVDs.


♦ Two thumbs up. That's what we give the powerful, illuminating, and heart-affecting documentary Life Itself about the long career of the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert.


♦ Mid-year S&P Award winners. We're not going to wait until the end of the year to announce the Best Spiritual Books of 2014 (So Far) and The Most Spiritually Literate Films of 2014 (So Far).


♦ Marriage equality. The Case Against 8 is a poignant documentary on the five-year court battle to overturn the prohibition of gay marriage in California.


♦ Remembering a Spiritual Master. Rebbe Zalman Schachter-Shalomi died on July 3 peacefully in his sleep at the age of 89. Read about his extraordinary spiritual life and writings.


♦ Movies about Native Americans. We've curated a collection of feature films and documentaries which give insights into Native American culture, history, tradition and clashes with white America.


♦ A dystopian masterwork. Snowpiercer illustrates life in the future based on the moral rot of dividing the population into a winning class versus everybody else as poor scum.


♦ A receiving ritual. Darren and some of his friends used an empty cup and three lists to invite in wisdom from Spirit. He shares the script for this ritual.


♦ Soulful stories. The long awaited sequel to The Spirituality of Imperfection by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham is now available: Experiencing Spirituality: Finding Meaning Through Storytelling.


♦ No more privacy? The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move by Patrick Tucker is a thought-provoking examination of the implications of big data collection systems.


♦ For lovers of devotional spirituality. The second edition of Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Sages, Psalms and Prayer Practices by the Rev. Larry J. Peacock is a bountiful resource.


♦ Celebrating steel, concrete, and glass. Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World is a genuine tribute to things by the world's leading materials scientist, Mark Miodowik.


♦ Conscious aging. Getting Older Better by Pamela Blair is chuck-full of good advice for elders.


♦ A gutsy minstrel. July 14 is Woody Guthrie's birthday. We have some ways to celebrate it. More Naming the Days.


Coming Soon


♦ The Elder Spirituality Project - a whole new section of Spirituality & Practice.


♦ Two new additions to our Living Spiritual Teachers Project: Denise Linn and Mary Earle.


♦ The next batch of book reviews will include The Rebirthing of God by John Philip Newell and works on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, second wave spirituality, Meister Eckhart, the grace in aging, science in art, outrageous openness, the practice of a writing life, and more.


Recommended from Our Wisdom Archive    


♦ Wartime Prayers and Meditations. Here is a large collection of prayers from different religious and spiritual traditions - for Gaza and Israel and other war-torn places in our world.


♦ Summertime practices. Here's the last week of a month's worth of everyday practices.


♦ Watch Under the Tuscan Sun on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and DVD. It's a tonic for those who believe that special places can nourish and nurture us, setting the stage for our spiritual transformation. A Values & Visions Discussion Guide by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat is available.



Resources for Your Spiritual Journey to Carry You Through the Week


A Proverb to Ponder 
"Those who wish to sing always find a song." 
- Swedish Proverb


A Pearl of Wisdom 

"Forfeit your sense of awe and the universe becomes a market place for you." 
- Abraham Joshua Heschel


A Short Prayer 
"O Lord give me the strength 
that the whole world 
look to me with the eyes 
of a friend. Let us ever 
examine each other 
with the eyes of a friend." 
- Yayurveda in 
The Little Book of Prayers 
by David Schiller


A Quotation to Inspire 
"When the heart is right 
'For' and 'Against' are forgotten." 
- Thomas Merton


A Blessing from Us to You 
"The everlasting Father bless us with his blessing everlasting." 
- Thomas Cranmer in 
The Complete Book of Christian Prayer


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