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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.

Peace And Quiet Is Green

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 12:19 PM

In the midst of the cries of Mother Earth, people are realizing there is another need, another crisis which may be behind much of the lack of attention people are giving to the planet. The cries of nature are going unheard because they are being lost in all the other...

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As Pope Francis Follows St. Francis Lets Be Clear About Self Denial And Sacrifice

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 2:26 PM

For many people, St. Francis was little more than a garden statue until Pope Francis. Suddenly, the medieval saint from the 12th century is being remembered for his love of nature, all creatures, and especially his humility and concern for everyone no matter what is their walk in life, particularly...

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Meditation: Our Quest for Love

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Some people are always in their worldly life. They say they either do not have time for meditation or they do not believe in sitting, breathing,paying attention to the moment. The idea of an inner life is like a foreign country that does not interest them to travel to.


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Saint Francis and Pope Francis: Inviting Us to Be Fools for God

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Saint Francis was rejected and worshiped, scorned and adored. He called himself a fool for God. Many tried to build him up to be a great saint but he knew he was only a small worm in God's garden. That was enough.

This Easter season as people try to figure...

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The Mystic's Diet

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Everything natural, organic, gluten free, and locally grown is not enough for the mystical body. No matter how healthy we eat, a part of us is still hungry. We are missing the food that nourishes us deeply. We are missing the diet that makes us truly whole and at one...

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Meditation: Ending the Tug of War Between Mind and Heart

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:27 AM

In meditation, we watch our thoughts. We notice body sensations. We find the space of no thought, no sensation. In the space between thoughts we find the seat of joy, the seat of our soul. Meditation stops the race in our head bringing us to the finish line where we...

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The Mind Can Be a Lonely Place​

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:55 PM

The mind can be a lonely place. Feeling isolated in our own thoughts, we are depressed, anxious, stressed. We think the cause is too much work or a difficult early childhood. But the cause is actually our awareness is starved, continually starving day after day. When our mental world is...

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Let's Fall in Love and Keep Falling!

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Falling in love is one of the most wonderful and scary journeys we can make. Most everyone enjoys falling in love in theory, but in practice we put limits and roadblocks to the falling. As soon as we find someone interesting we typically begin to organize, categorize, put the relationship...

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Pope Francis: The Bridge Between God and Therapy, Sin and Forgiveness

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 9:12 AM

There are two distinct cultures in the world today and Pope Francis is standing on the bridge between them. There is the historical culture of the Church with beliefs in God and the devil. The Church is battling for the hearts and minds of everyone, believers and nonbelievers alike. And...

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When It Is Time to Reinvent Ourselves

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:26 PM

At one time or another almost everyone has to reinvent themselves. With the loss of work, partner, or simply growing older, circumstances change and we must change too. Children leave home and parents must fill up their home and lives with something new. Retirement calls and we do not know...

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The Quiet of Winter

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 9:10 PM

The quiet of winter at first can be unsettling. Nothing is happening. No great ideas, no productive breakthrough. Winter is winter. There is stillness.

We can stay busy during this time and pretend winter is just another season. Or we can listen to the sound of winter. Nature undressed...

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New Year: Lets Find Our Cathedral of Silence

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu -- we all seek the treasure waiting in silence. In silence, we all meet in a common understanding. There is peace. The gifts of silence come in many forms. We find it in hidden valleys, mountain tops, ocean beaches, as well as in temples and cathedrals....

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Three Wise Men Are Heading to Silicon Valley

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 9:28 AM

Three wise men are heading to Silicon Valley. The Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, and Santa are coming in their words, deeds, if not physically visiting. Maybe it is unfair to put the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis in the same sentence as Santa Claus but all three are older men,...

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A Portrait of Our Awakening Mind

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 5:19 PM

Our awakening mind is a process. There is no finish line, although we can rest along the way. There are few signposts of progress and fewer real guides to let us know we have reached a place worthy to be called awakening, no less awakened.

Freedom from our judgmental...

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An Enlightened World With Heart Intelligence

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:13 AM

No one talks about an enlightened world these days. There are just too many challenges, so much suffering. But maybe if we identify the source of an enlightened world, receive it in our own lives, this knowledge will spread. Heart intelligence is something much easier to understand and manifest than...

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Silicon Valley Needs a Pope Francis

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 2:24 PM

Like the Church, Silicon Valley is in need of deep structural change which can only come through a transformation of heart and spirit. Geeks and venture capitalists alike know something important is missing.

In the belly of Google and basement garages where the next computer burst will come, everyone knows...

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Meditation Is a Place of Refuge

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 11:42 AM

Many people think meditation is just a practical tool to relax the busy mind. Others practice meditation to relieve physical pains or lessen the pressures of a difficult boss, demanding kids, or listening to the news. Meditation is all of this but it is also much more.

Meditation opens a...

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The Latest in Holiday Gifts? A Silent Retreat

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 12:24 PM

This holiday, instead of looking for the newest machine, people are finding the gift of a vacation from all machines. Instead of shopping for something bigger or better, people are giving themselves and love ones time away in pursuit of simple peace. This holiday can be the perfect opportunity to...

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Falling Into the Silence of Fall

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 6:35 PM

So many colors, so many leaves are falling into the silence of fall. Once so much life and now all is soon to be forgotten. Fall's foliage is making a last minute show. Summer abundance is quickly becoming mulch for future seasons. For reasons known and unknown, life turns quickly...

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Life After Google: Can They Debug the Mind?

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2013 | 4:30 PM

The days of the great search engines are over. People are locked out of a meaningful personal life with all the information that is constantly streaming. They want a heart station instead of a work station. They don't need technical support but actual real help. If Google and the internet...

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