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Bruce Davis, Ph.D.
Bruce Davis is author of newly released book: The Love Letters: Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi Meet Pope Francis.

Bruce is a long time student and teacher of the gifts of silence. For the past 30 years, he has been teaching and guiding people in retreats in many parts of the world. Since 1999 he has been leading silent retreats at the retreat centers, that he and his wife, Ruth, created in Assisi, Italy, and at their recently opened Silent Stay Retreat Home & Hermitage near Napa, California. Their retreat centers have been listed as one of the top ten meditation centers in the world by CNN in June, 2013 and Travel & Leisure Magazine in April, 2008.

Today, Bruce is author, spiritual director, and leads contemplative retreats at Silent Stay Retreat Home & Hermitage in California, Assisi,Italy, Germany and Bali, Indonesia. Bruce teaches a special heartfulness meditation. Ruth teaches movement meditation including Sacred Movement Ritual, yoga philosophy in movement which she created.

How Bruce came to this unique expertise began during his work on his Ph.D.

While a graduate student, Bruce Davis met and became an apprentice to a remarkable woman who had the gift of entering into and teaching people in their dreams. These years were to be the beginning to Bruce's quest to understand the potential of psychology and spirituality.

In 1975, he wrote the book The Magical Child Within You which was the first book written on trusting and nurturing the inner child. A few years, later he co-authored another bestselling book Hugs & Kisses about loving life, which has been a theme of his work ever since.

Through the years, Bruce has studied and lived with spiritual teachers in both Western and Eastern traditions. For many years, he and Ruth led a program of taking teenagers from one of America's wealthiest communities into the poorest neighborhood of San Francisco to give food to homeless people living in the streets.

A spiritual psychologist and teacher of world religions, Bruce's life and work is based in his deep connection to silence, simplicity and heartfulness.

Bruce is also the author of The Heart of Healing, Monastery without Walls , My Little Flowers, Simple Peace – the Inner Life of St Francis, and The Calling of Joy.

A 1972 graduate of Hobart College, Bruce also holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University.

Entries by Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Silent Retreat, A Gift for Caregivers

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 7:48 PM

Caregivers deserve a rest in the arms of peace and quiet!

In our noisy busy world, caregivers, those who are giving their best and most day after day to maintain us in body and soul are often left with no place to restore themselves. They need renewal, being so close...

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Warum suchen so viele Menschen Stille in einem Stille-Retreat?

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 1:16 PM

So wie mehr und mehr Menschen die Freude an der Meditation entdecken, entdecken sie auch die Freude der Stille und machen ein Stille-Retreat. Die Umgebung von herrlicher Stille gibt ihrer Meditation die zusätzliche Verstärkung oder, genauer gesagt, die innere Stille, nach der sie suchen. Anstatt sich...

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Why Are So Many People Seeking the Silence in a Silent Retreat?

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 9:11 PM

As more and more people are discovering the joy of meditation, they are discovering the joy of silence including making a silent retreat. The environment of delicious quiet gives their meditation the extra boost or more accurately the inner silence they are looking for. Instead of worrying about not talking,...

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Ein Stille-Retreat muss kein Boot Camp für die Seele sein

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 10:39 AM

Viele Menschen sehnen sich nach einem Stille-Retreat, vermeiden es aber, an einem teilzunehmen wegen dem, was sie darüber lesen und hören. Trotz all der großartigen Kritiken, klingt „Stille-Retreat" für viele mehr nach Boot Camp als nach einer heilenden, wiederaufbauenden Erfahrung.

Sie fragen sich: Ist es wahr, dass man für...

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Is Pope Francis, St. Francis of Assisi Living In Our Midst?

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 10:08 AM

Does history repeat itself? Has the life of St. Francis of Assisi returned and is now living with us as Pope Francis? St. Francis of Assisi was much at home in poor neighborhoods sharing the simple things like a piece of bread. Is Pope Francis any different? Instead of arguing...

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A Silent Retreat Does Not Have to Be Boot Camp for the Soul

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 11:45 AM

Many people yearn for a silent retreat, but they resist actually going because of what they read and hear. Despite all the great reviews, for many a silent retreat sounds more like boot camp then a healing, restorative experience. They wonder, is it true you have to meditate for many...

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Warum Meditation nicht funktioniert

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 11:42 AM

Jeder weiß, dass Meditation nicht einfach „funktionieren" soll. Das ist gerade der Punkt. Meditation ist nicht die eine zusätzliche Sache, die man noch erreichen muss, die man richtig machen muss. Man sagt, Du kannst in der Meditation nicht versagen. Es ist einfach eine Zeit, um zu...

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Why Meditation Does Not Work

(9) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 2:58 PM

Everyone knows meditation is not supposed to "work." This is exactly the point. Meditation is not one more thing to accomplish, to do right. They say you cannot fail in meditation. It is time to simply be.

Well, yes and no. Yes, its time not to be busy doing. No,...

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Wenn wir unserem Retreat das Wort „still" hinzufügen

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 12:41 PM

In diesem Sommer machen die meisten von uns ein Retreat oder würden gern eines machen. Wir sind bereit für eine Auszeit - weg von der Arbeit, den Kindern oder einfach von der Geschäftigkeit des Lebens. Wenn wir unserem Retreat das Wort „still" beifügen, finden wir schnell heraus, wie sehr wir...

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When We Add the Word Silent to Our Retreat

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 5:27 PM

This summer most of us will make a retreat or would like to. We are ready for time away from work, kids, or just the busyness of life. If we add the word silent to our retreat we quickly come to realize how much we can use time off, time...

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Können wir den kleinen Vogel in unserem Herzen singen hören?

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 1:55 PM

Das Herz hat viele Gesichter, viele Stimmungen. Aber es gibt da ein Herz, das lange erprobt ist und echt. Es ist das Herz des Mönches, und das ist in jedem von uns vorhanden. Das Herz des Mönches ist nicht hart oder zugefroren, oder getrennt von der Welt durch die Steinmauern...

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Can We Hear the Small Bird in Our Heart Singing?

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 12:14 AM

The heart has many faces, many moods. But there is one heart that is time-tested and true. It is the monastic heart and it is in each of us. The monastic heart is not hard or frozen, separated from the world by stone walls of old fashion rules and needless...

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New Heaven, New Earth: Is Religion Being Replaced With Spirituality?

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 4:13 PM

Heaven is real! People in all walks of life are coming forward with experiences of Spiritual Awakening. Many hundreds are reporting Near Death Experiences from accidents or serious illness when they find themselves floating above their bodies and entering a realm of vast peace and unlimited love. Others are reporting...

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The Grace of Silence

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 1:01 PM

Silence is not talked about much except in the context of how are we surviving all the noise we are living with. Surviving is what we are doing. Thanks for asking others to turn down the volume whenever you can.

Silence, real silence, when we have it, is nothing less...

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Wie Achtsamkeit der Herzensmeditation das Leben schenkt

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 12:03 PM

So wie mehr und mehr Menschen dem gegenwärtigen Moment ihre Aufmerksamkeit schenken, so finden sie dort eine Harmonie; zuvor waren sie nur damit beschäftigt, daran zu denken, was es als nächstes zu tun gibt. Wenn Ihre Aufmerksamkeit diese kleinen Momente des Tages wahrnimmt, anstatt in Eile zu sein, dann scheint...

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Zeiten der Ruhe: Warum Meditation uns ins Gleichgewicht bringt

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 5:10 PM

Wir alle kenne Zeiten, in denen wir aufspringen wollen und etwas tun wollen, in denen es aber nichts zu tun gibt. Es gibt Momente, in denen wir etwas wirklich wissen wollen, in denen es aber keine Möglichkeit gibt, es herauszufinden.

Das Leben bringt uns oft an diese Orte, an...

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Mindfulness Is Giving Birth to Heartfulness Meditation

(4) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 4:46 PM

As more and more people are paying attention to the present moment they are finding a harmony where before they were just on their way to doing what is next. As their awareness takes notice of the little moments of the day instead of being in a rush, their inner...

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Healing Our Times of Not doing and Not Knowing With Silence and Meditation

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 3:35 PM

We all have times we want to jump up and do something but there is nothing we can do. There are moments we really want to know something but there is no way of knowing. Life often brings us to this place of nothing to do or unable to know,...

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Eine pädagogische Reform: Zehn Übungen in der Intelligenz des Herzens

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 1:53 PM

Wenn wir wirklich eine pädagogische Reform haben werden, wird diese mehr beinhalten als Testergebnisse. Wenn wir besorgt sind um die emotionale Gesundheit unseres Landes, sollte eine pädagogische Reform einen neuen Studienplan enthalten, der die Intelligenz des Herzens schult.

Therapeuten, Eltern, Erzieher, viele von uns, in allen gesellschaftlichen Schichten, teilen...

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Was tun wir mit unserem mit Junk-Food angefüllten Geist?

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Ein Leben mit Bio-Lebensmitteln zu führen - glutenfrei, fleischlos und, naja, fast Hamburger-frei, ist heutzutage relativ einfach. Es übersteigt nicht unsere Fähigkeiten, ein Fitnessstudio zu finden, einen täglichen Spaziergang zu machen oder sich Zeit zu nehmen für eine andere Art der Übung. Aber was machen wir mit unserem mit Junk-Food...

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