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This is the most comprehensive website on the internet devoted specifically to spiritual stories. Although there is a very large collection of parables, many of the spiritual stories are written by and for people just like yourself. Contributions are welcome, so please feel free to submit your favorite spiritual story using the link at the bottom of the page. Enjoy! :)

Featured Spiritual Story:
Have Faith Will Travel

Three years ago, I was asked to give a talk about ATTITUDE at a business seminar in a hotel setting. When I went up to the front which was two minutes after I started my preliminary introduction, I felt a sharp pain in the middle of my back...
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Featured Spiritual Parable:
The Tiger

A teacher and his student were walking from one village to another, when they suddenly heard a roar behind them. Turning their gaze in the direction of the roar they saw a big tiger following them. The first thing the student wanted to do was to run away, but as he has been studying and practicing self-discipline, he was able to halt himself, waiting to see what his teacher was going to do.

"What shall we do Master?"
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Spiritual Movie Review:
Peace One Day

Peace One Day 
On the surface, Peace One Day looks like just another documentary of a dreamer who succeeds in accomplishing his intened goal. Deeper, however, is a journey of transformation and inspiration into the depths of millions of hearts. Jeremey Gilley began this missions in 1999 with a seemingly simple goal: to persuade the United Nations to have the International Day of Peace be officially observed on a specific day.

See, the International Day of Peace already existed, but nobody knew about it because it coincided with the first day of the United Nations coming into session... and that date changed every year. The day came and went every year like the passing of a fall breeze. Since it already existed, it was no easy task for Jeremey to work around the politics and red tape to get the UN to make such a seemingly insignificant change. In fact, at some points the challenge seemed almost impossible as world leaders who said they would support his efforts, even on video camera, would later decline to help in any official manner.

His mission was further challenged by the fact that he had no money, so anything that cost anything required a donor. This means airfare, hotels, transportation, filming, food, etc, all had to be contributed by others. At one point, Jeremey even met personally with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to secure his blessing and official support for the International Day of Peace.

And that was a major turning point, as the Dalai Lama sent letters to many of the world leaders urging them to support Jeremy's mission. Yet today millions of people around the world celebrate the International Day of Peace every Sept. 21st because of Jeremy's unrelenting efforts.

That's just the details though... and I highly recommend you watch the movie because the story is well worth hearing, and sharing.
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Spiritual Book Review:
Find A Quiet Corner by Nancy O'Hara

  Spiritual Book: Find A Quiet Corner
There is a square-yard space in my house that I avoid. It beckons to me. When I grow increasingly stubborn, it taunts me. I know what it's doing. And yet there is nothing in that space. Not a desk. Not a book. Not a word.

It is, what author Nancy O'Hara would call, my quiet corner. I've meditated there before, sat there silently while the ten-minute timer ticked away, felt better for it. So, why am I so resistant? O'Hara says several times in her book Find a Quiet Corner: Inner Peace: Anytime, Anywhere that there is great value to submitting. The pain of sitting still will slide away. The chatter in my mind will quell. The urgency to hurry up and finish will melt away.

The book – which is actually two of O'Hara's books, Find a Quiet Corner and Serenity in Motion – possesses an eloquent quietude. Its words slip easily in – never bossy or arrogant – a hot knife through butter. The first book is about breathing, and I found myself breathing deeply just at the suggestion. I journal every morning, and blog every night – but I never thought of O'Hara's idea of having a journal right at the quiet corner, to write right after the calm, centering exercises. AKA breathing. This patch of carpet where I've meditated before is against the wall, cuddled between a cylindrical wicker laundry basket I bought right out of college in NY and the end of my treadmill.

The other half of her book explores times in our life, like bathing, celebrations, money, change, and what she calls broken shoelaces – when things go wrong. There's waiting, too. I have great joy in my life, because I do love the simple things. I immerse my hands in warm, soapy water and enjoy it, I dance always like no one is watching, I connect in conversation. But, waiting, uh-oh. There's my Achille's Heel. Hoping, too. Basically, my mind constructs elaborate fantasies about what will happen when this certain guy sees me again, when this agent receives my manuscript, when my older son gets out of the hospital. O'Hara recommends simply sinking into the truth of the moment.

It occurs to me that the writerly part of my brain might appreciate that inclination to fantasize, and that draws a smile. I'll say yes tomorrow morning to that burgundy patch of carpet, snuggle in next to the old wicker basket, and see what comes out of my pen.

This guest review is brought to you in partnership with Diana Page Jordan who also does interviews with authors at her website, in addition to her book reviews like this one.
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