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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.

Celebrating Father Keating and Centering Prayer

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 9:13 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 | 12:52 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 | 3:27 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 | 10:16 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 | 4:35 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 | 12:47 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

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 12:23 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 | 3:17 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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Preparing for Life After Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 12:52 AM

We prepare for life after life by growing the smile in our heart. Yes, we prepare for eternity by receiving the fun, light, the presence of true life which bursts open the smile in our heart. Getting older, leaving this world, is a process for all of us. But with...

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The Gift of Monastic Life for Non-Monastics

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:19 PM

It is 6 a.m. There are no morning bells, no knock at the door. The sun is rising. This is good enough reason to begin to rise. The sky is a painted picture of orange, purple and blue clouds and light. I don't know if the guests are rising or...

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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.

In...

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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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