Resources

We are happy to offer suggestions for a variety of different spiritual practices. Whether you use them alone or in community, we hope that they serve to enhance your spirituality.

Other spirituality sites

All Spirit provides resources on spirituality, spiritual poetry, writings, quotations, and song lyrics

The Association for Children's Spirituality seeks to promote and support research and practice in relation to children's spirituality within education and wider contexts of children's care and wellbeing.

The Association of Spiritual Retreats is the global resource for some of the best holistic treatments worldwide

The Community Meditation Center is located on Manhattan's upper west side. With a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere the CMC offers classes, Insight Meditation (Vipassana) instruction and practice, daylong retreats, workshops, and social events.

The Forgiveness Project works at a local, national and international level to help build a future free of conflict and violence by healing the wounds of the past. By collecting and sharing people's stories, and delivering outreach programmes, The Forgiveness Project encourages and empowers people to explore the nature of forgiveness and alternatives to revenge.

Independent Meditation Centre Guide: Are you considering a retreat at a meditation center? Wouldn't it be helpful to read what others have experienced? That's what this site is all about. Sharing our experiences

The International Center for Reiki Training offers over 350 web pages and 150 articles covering every area of Reiki practice.

The Poetry Chaikhana joyfully shares the sacred poetry of cultures, religions, and spiritual traditions from around the world.

Relaxation Music and Videos from Enhanced Healing: Enhanced Healing is committed to providing our visitors the finest quality in relaxation music and videos. We are also dedicated to delivering holistic lifestyle information through our health and wellness articles.

Spirit Path seeks to share experiences of spirit and working with spirit in the hope that it will be of interest to others and maybe even of use to you.

Spirituality and Practice is a website, created by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, devoted to resources for spiritual journeys. The site's name reflects a basic understanding: spirituality and practice are the two places where all the world's religions and spiritual paths come together. With respect for the differences among them, we celebrate what they have in common.

The Theologies of Immanence wiki seeks to explore traditions that embrace or include theologies of immanence include Paganism, pantheism, polytheism, polymorphism, animism, Heathenry, Druidry, Unitarianism, Wicca, and many more. The aim of this wiki is to promote discussion and awareness of theologies of immanence. It is not to impose an orthodoxy on the rich diversity of thinking about immanence, but rather to explore it and make it available to others.

The World Prayers Archive attempts to be representative of all life affirming faiths and spiritual practices without preference to any one. It is our goal to make these great words available to everyone for study and appreciation. The prayers have been intuitively divided into four categories for the purpose of organization and navigation.

Yoga provides a comprehensive guide to yoga. Find information related to the ancient art and science of yoga.

Spiritual Practices

There are many, many possible spiritual practices. You can even make up your own! The key is to do them mindfully and consistently. Many of the programmes listed on our web site teach specific spiritual practices, but for those who just can't wait to get started, here are some ideas:

Meditation

Sit quietly and comfortably keeping your back straight if possible. Focus your intention gently on your breathing. Do this for a few minutes a day at first and then keep extending the time. Do not worry when your attention wanders and thoughts intrude. When you notice this, simply draw your attention back to your breathing. This is the basis of meditation practice.

Loving kindness meditation

Many Buddhist traditions practice Metta Bhavana, or loving kindness meditation. (Metta means loving-kindness.) The meditation is in several stages (the classic version has five). At each stage, silently recite a mantra, linked to the breath. The first line is said on the inbreath, the second on the outbreath, and so on.

Read more about loving kindness meditation

Centring prayer

Many people do not believe in a personal God or in miraculous interventions, so we find it difficult to pray. But prayer is not just about asking for things. It can be contemplative. It can be about communing silently with the universe, or self-examination, or holding loved ones in your thoughts, or increasing mindfulness.

Centring prayer is a spiritual practice that was developed by Christians in response to interfaith dialogue with Buddhists.

Read more about centring prayer

Gratitude

Keep a gratitude journal: At the end of each day, list three to five things for which you are grateful. This practice of gratitude will help you find more joy in the small everyday happenings of life. Whether or not you send it, write a letter to a someone who has had a positive effect on your life describing what they did and thanking them for it.

Words

Memorize poetry or sacred texts. These words will gradually become part of you. You may find that they return to support and inform your life in delightful and unexpected ways.

A great resource for sacred texts is the Sacred Texts Archive. Inspirational poetry can be found at the Poetry Chaikhana website, which also has a mailing list where you can receive poetry daily.

Lectio Divina

Lectio divina has four steps: reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation. The reading stage involves critical engagement with the text, analysing its meanings and metaphors. The meditation stage involves dwelling on the images that particularly resonate with you. This could be developed into a visualisation or journey into the scene described.

Read more about Lectio Divina

Journalling

Keep a journal of what you have noticed each day. There are many ways to do this, but the important thing is to notice your thoughts and feelings. At the end of each day, record at least one thing that surprised, moved, or inspired you. This will help you find greater meaning in everyday life.

Practice Mindfulness

Walk in the woods or any quiet place and focus on noticing everything that is coming to you through all of your senses. Notice the sights, sounds, and smells you encounter as you walk along. Feel the air on your skin and your feet on the ground. When you notice your attention has shifted to something outside of the present moment, gently bring it back. Be present in your daily chores. For example, do the washing up while focusing on nothing but the dishes, the water, the soap and your actions. Do art, such as drawing or painting. Be present to this activity and, if you notice your mind wandering, gently bring your thoughts back to the present moment and what you are doing.

Generosity

Give to others regularly - it brings joy and satisfaction. Our giving need not be of material things - our time and attention are among the most precious gifts we have to give.

Spirituality Quotes

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. ~ Anais Nin

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. ~ Albert Einstein

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. ~ Anais Nin

The unique personality which is the real life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others. I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear. ~ Felix Adler

Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Family life is full of major and minor crises -- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce -- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul. ~ Thomas Moore

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something completely great. ~ Willa Cather

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. ~ Carl Jung

The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man. To know that what is impenetrable for us really exists and manifests itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, whose gross forms alone are intelligible to our poor faculties - this knowledge, this feeling ... that is the core of the true religious sentiment. In this sense, and in this sense alone, I rank myself among profoundly religious men. ~ Albert Einstein

The spiritual is the parent of the practical. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Spiritual power begins by directing animal power to other than egoistic ends. ~ John Ruskin

In the faces of men and women I see God. ~ Walt Whitman

God doesn't look at how much we do, but with how much love we do it. ~ Mother Teresa

The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one. ~ Scott Peck

To love another person is to see the face of God ~ Victor Hugo

"Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life." ~ Maya Angelou

You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience. ~ Teilhard de Chardin

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire. ~ Thomas Merton

The candles are many, but the light is one. ~ Rumi

Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

All things are bound together, all things connect. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls also the children of the earth. ~ Chief Oren Lyons

Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us. ~ Marianne Williamson

Books we like 

Ashtanga Yoga - The Practice Manual

Artist's Way, 10th anniversary edition

Pablo Neruda, A Passion for Life

Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

André de Comte-Sponville, The Book of Atheist Spirituality

Bill Darlison, The Penultimate Truth and Other Incitements

Monica Furlong (ed), Women Pray: Voices through the Ages, from Many Faiths, Cultures and Traditions

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Richard Holloway, On Forgiveness

Prudence Jones and Caitlin Matthews (eds), Voices from the Circle

Burleigh Muten (ed), Her Words: An Anthology of Poetry about the Great Goddess

Barry Patterson, The Art of Conversation with the Genius Loci

Starhawk, The Spiral Dance

Yvonne Aburrow, The Enchanted Forest: the magical lore of trees, Capall Bann Publishing, 1993.

Yvonne Aburrow, The Sacred Grove: mysteries of the forest, Capall Bann Publishing, 1994.

Yvonne Aburrow, Auguries and Omens: the magical lore of birds, Capall Bann Publishing, 1994.

Yvonne Aburrow, The Magical Lore of Animals, Capall Bann Publishing, 2000.