Daily meditation resources can be a helpful way to spending time in quiet contemplation everyday. Because we are all different and because each of us has a unique relationship with God, no one method will work for everyone. Below are a selection of books and online resources to help you along the path. Experiment until you find the time of day and format that helps you the most.
It is important to remember as you try to grow closer to God is that God is already reaching out to you. God is the one who gives you the desire to grow, and God wants you to grow. You just keep showing up, even when you don’t particularly feel holy or loving or centered. And you can trust that if you do so, God will show up, too.
A Prayer for Daily Insight
Open my eyes, God. Help me to perceive what I have ignored, to uncover what I have forgotten, to find what I have been searching for. Remind me that I don’t have to journey far to discover something new, for miracles surround me, blessings and holiness abound. And You are near.
― Naomi Levy from Talking to God: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration
Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed. The myths and laws of religion are not true because they they conform to some metaphysical, scientific or historical reality but because they are life enhancing. They tell you how human nature functions, but you will not discover their truth unless you apply these myths and doctrines to your own life and put them into practice.
― Karen Armstrong from The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness
Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy — an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the wheel sameness — that is both profound and clarifying. His spiritual daybook is a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and to savor the beauty offered by life’s unfolding. Reading his poetic prose is like being given second sight, exposing the reader to life’s multiple dimensions, each one drawn with awe and affection. The Book of Awakening is the result of his journey of the soul and will inspire others to embark on their own.
Prayer is the raising of our hearts and minds to God. We are able to speak to and listen to God because He teaches us to pray. Prayer is also one way we can recognize and respond to God’s presence. Sacred Space: The Prayer Book leads us into a life of prayer and in doing so, it inspires new expressions and depths of prayer. The Scripture, prayers, and reflections in Sacred Space: The Prayer Book will inspire you to a richer daily spiritual experience throughout the liturgical year and invite you to develop a closer relationship with God.
This perennial book features daily meditations, each written by Rohr and adapted or excerpted from his many written and recorded works. Yes, and… is an excellent daily prayer resource for fans of Richard Rohr’s work, and those who are looking for an alternate way to live out their faith—a way centered in the open-minded search for spiritual relevance of a transforming nature.
One of the most beloved poets of the twentieth century, Rainer Maria Rilke is widely celebrated for his depth of insight and timeless relevance. He has influenced generations of writers with his classic Letters to a Young Poet, and his reflections on the divine and our place in the world are disarmingly profound. A Year with Rilke provides the first ever reading from Rilke for every day of the year, including selections from his luminous poetry, his piercing prose, and his intimate letters and journals. Rilke is a trusted guide amid the bustle of our daily experience, reflecting on such themes as impermanence, the beauty of creation, the voice of God, and the importance of solitude.
Intimately personal and inspiring, Bread for the Journey is a daily feast of fresh insight into the challenges and deep joys of a life lived in close communion with God. Nouwen is a wise, loving companion who invites us along as he finds joy in the community of loss, true freedom in forgiveness of others, and hope in surprising places.
Women everywhere are invited into a moment of inspiration and reflection with The Daily Inspiration for Women. Relevant and fresh, this book is a collection of shared wisdom among four women in various stages in life, providing the reader with an abundance of experience, knowledge, perspective, and support. Told through the lens of changing seasons, four women share their individual, spiritual wisdom in this daily source of strength, solace, and celebration that happen in the seasons of a woman’s life.
A Year with Rumi brings together 365 of Coleman Barks’s elegant and beautiful translations of Rumi’s greatest poems, including fifteen never-before-published poems. Barks includes an Introduction that sets Rumi in his context and an Afterword musing on poetry of the mysterious and the sacred.
Containing a brief reflection for each day of the year, this almanac is appropriate for every year. It includes 165 more thorough insights (one page in length). Wise and challenging meditations that celebrate seasons, famous birthdays, dates of wondrous inventions, historical occurrences and sacred observances. The reflections are designed for those who have little time but a large hunger for the spiritual. Read as directed, it will provide a daily sustenance of creative insights into how to live a life that is whole and holy.
For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, Healing After Loss provides strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.
Being fully in each moment leads to peace and well-being — but it’s harder than it sounds, especially in a world with constant demands on our time and attention. How do you practice mindfulness when you’re faced with difficult coworkers, overwhelming schedules, or stubborn kids? In this book, Donald Altman brings the benefits of mindfulness down to earth and into everyday life. With fifty exercises and practices to build awareness and center attention, you will discover how to savor routine pleasures, build fulfillment in your work, enhance and heal relationships, change unhealthy habits, and connect to peace even in the midst of chaos or uncertainty.
Available for the first time in a single volume, this new edition features two of Nancy O’Hara’s bestselling books, revised and updated with a new introduction by the author. Going beyond daily meditation, Find a Quiet Corner teaches us effective ways to release stress, boost energy, tap into creativity, improve our well-being, and above all, achieve spiritual fulfillment. Readers will benefit from its lessons on how to increase self-awareness and personal satisfaction through careful attention to breath. Serenity in Motion makes the perfect companion book, guiding us to look at conflict differently, communicate more effectively, and embrace confusion so as to invite serenity into our lives and banish anxiety. O’Hara’s comforting words help us to meet each moment as it comes.
- Sacred Space
- Pray As You Go
- Richard Rohr Daily Newsletter
- Thought for the Day (BBC Daily Podcast)
- Short meditation of the day – Taizé
- How to Meditate Daily : zen habits
- Tapestry (Weekly Podcast)
- On Being
- Alcoholics Anonymous : Daily Reflection
- Thought for the Day | Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
- The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor | A poem each day
I light candles when there is nothing left but fertile darkness, from which to draw back the light. I light candles. My children blow them out. I light them again. In Latin America, to be born is described as coming into the light (dar a luz).
— Rachel Faith (originally post On Being Blog)