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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.

The Gift of Silence

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 4:58 PM

In silence we can hear our own thoughts. Perhaps more beautiful we can hear the world without the crowded stream of our thoughts. Visiting silence can be an adventure, a pilgrimage, a life changing journey into peace and quiet. We can be quite busy and loud in our attempts to...

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Wie Meditation unser Leben lebenswerter macht

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Die Praxis des Vipassana führt uns an die Tür und die Herzenmeditation führt uns in den Schatz in unserem Inneren. Lassen Sie mich das erklären. Die Vipassana-Meditation ist ein großes Geschenk. Wir lernen, uns zu konzentrieren. Wir lernen, den scheinbar endlosen Ablenkungen nicht zu folgen, die unser Geistes kreieren kann....

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Sind wir bereit, eine Landkarte der andere Seite zu erstellen? Sind wir bereit, eine Landkarte des Himmels zu erstellen?

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Für viele ist die Debatte, ob es eine andere Seite gibt, ob der Himmel real ist, vorbei. Heute gibt es Studien, Nahtoderfahrungen, von denen in Bestsellern und bekannten Videos berichtet wird. Außerdem gibt es viele Menschen, die hervortreten mit ihrer Geschichte spirituellen Erwachens. Das Bewusstsein dauert...

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Are We Ready to Map the Other Side? Are We Ready to Map Heaven?

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 10:42 AM

For many the debate whether there is an other side, if Heaven is real, is over. There are now studies, Near Death Experiences shared in best-selling books, popular videos, and the many who have come forward with stories of spiritual awakening. Consciousness continues...

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After Vipassana, Heartfulness Meditation

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 6:46 PM

Vipassana takes us to the door and heartfulness meditation leads us to the treasure inside. Let me explain. Vipassana meditation is a great gift. We learn to concentrate. We learn not to follow the seemingly endless distractions our mind can create. They are not leading us to where we want...

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If Heaven Is Real, What Are We Doing Here?

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 5:37 PM

The word is out. We read about it in best-selling books and see it in movies and on YouTube. Famous people and many ordinary folks are coming forward with a similar tale. They are each talking about very personal experience of encounter, an encounter with another world, an encounter with...

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Meditation: Das hat eine Menge mit "Nichts" zu tun - und das ist gut so!

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Ja, nenn´ es, wie du willst, aber das Ziel von Meditation ist wirklich „nichts", die Abwesenheit von Aktivität. Das ist unsere Zeit loszulassen, bis wir nur noch sitzen, ohne Gedanken sitzen, kein Selbst, nur Sein.

Meditation muss nicht sexy sein, nicht zielorientiert, muss nicht die Visualisierung von Träumen sein,...

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Retreat and the Gifts of Vertical Time

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Most of us are busy trying to get from where we are to where we want to be. This occupies most of our thoughts, actions, and plans. Our awareness is available for little else. We live in horizontal time. There is another path. Instead of having to get someplace, there...

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Life After a Spiritual Awakening

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 9:14 PM

More and more people are coming forward and sharing their very personal experience of discovering a spiritual world beyond their dreams, beyond what they could have ever imagined. Meanwhile the divide today between believers and doubters of a spiritual reality is greater then ever. Each group has little room for...

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When the Other Side Is Too Close

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 9:42 AM

For most of us the other side is something we don't think much about. When someone close to us is very ill or dies, we do what we can do to get through our grief, and we continue on. Life is about this side and giving our best to what...

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How Do I Live Knowing Proof of Heaven?

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 5:45 PM

While many people are still on the sidelines whether there is really proof of Heaven, there are many others who do not have the luxury of still deciding. There are thousands of people who have had their own Near Death Experience or spiritual awakening which no matter how much they...

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Pope Francis Bring Us the Future Future Church

(115) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 5:37 PM

As the Catholic Church, and religion in general, slowly come to terms with the past future --meaning making up for past mistakes, hypocrisy, and unequal treatment -- we should begin the discussion of the future future. What should the Church look like if it really is going to be relevant...

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Celebrating Father Keating and Centering Prayer

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Father Keating is 91-years-old and resting. After so many years of giving so much, it is time that we celebrate him and his gift to the modern monk in each of us. Beginning in 1975, Fr. Keating gave new birth to the method of prayer found in the spiritual classic...

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Meditation: A Lot to Do About Nothing and That's Good!

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Yes, call it what you want but the goal of meditation is really nothing, the absence of activity. It is our time to unwind, let go, until we are just sitting, sitting with no thought, no self, just being. Meditation does not need to be sexy, goal oriented, the visualization...

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Spiritual But Not Religious: Why Are So Many Marching for the Church Door?

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 4:27 PM

In an ideal world being spiritual or religious would mean approximately the same. But with so many people identifying with being spiritual but not religious (see recent NY Times article) a statement is being made how far religion has separated itself from its spiritual roots. Many, many people...

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Educational Reform: Ten Exercises in Heart Intelligence

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:16 AM

If we are really going to have educational reform it will include much more then improving test scores. If we are concerned about the emotional health of our country, educational reform would include a new curriculum developing heart intelligence. Therapists, parents, educators, many of us, in all walks of life,...

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An Interview With Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

(7) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Recently I had the honor to talk to one of India's most respected teachers Sri Sri Ravi Shankar while he was visiting the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina. His mission and work has spread around the world as he offers yoga and meditation for a stress...

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Near Death Experiences Are Actually True Life Experiences

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 1:47 PM

If the near death experiences being shared by many are really to believed, they are actually true life experiences, because what they are describing is our true life in eternity. The vast love and acceptance they are finding upon leaving the confines of body and personality describe a life experience...

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The New Paradigm: Heart Intelligence

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:23 PM

In the school of life, in the not-too-distant future, next to all the breakthroughs in science, they will be teaching the benefits of random acts of kindness. History books will include on the same page of who fought what wars the stories of people who won the peace. In addition...

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Using Religion To Avoid The Divine

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Recently I was reading a newsletter called Raven's Bread written for hermits and solitary contemplatives, where I found an article "Reflections by a Catholic Priest on Using Religion to Avoid the Divine" by Fr. Innocenti. He begins his article, "People often go to Church so they do not...

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