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Contemplation

Can You Get Mindfulness Wrong?

Kellie Edwards | Posted 11.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kellie Edwards

The very question invites our judging mind to do what it likes to do best: to form an opinion, to evaluate, to reach a black and white conclusion as q...

The Environmental Consequences of Openness

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 10.19.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

When we plant seeds in a perfect habitat - the right amount of water at the right times, appropriate amount of sunlight, most suitable soil type and tilth - they flourish, coming alive in front of our eyes. What does flourishing mean for people and what "habitat" fosters it? Can we learn something from this for how the environment might flourish when humans interact with it?

Daily Meditation: Contemplation

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.07.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

What Do We Do When We Can't Do Anything?

Charles Redfern | Posted 10.06.2016 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Perhaps the couch potato's life isn't always bad -- especially when mammoth powers shove us down, sit on us, and give us an excuse. We can't get up. It's not our fault. We're forced to renew our perspectives, nurture our prayer lives, and learn from other captives. Christian activists like me might even rekindle the "Christian" part.

How Thoughts Of Death Can Be A Key To Happiness

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 08.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Imagine how free you would feel if you could rid yourself of your fear and live each moment to the fullest. That is one of the promises of a "death awareness" practice that is most enticing.

The Promise And Challenges Of Seeing God Everywhere

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 08.01.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Photo credit: Pixabay "I do not worship matter. I worship the Creator of matter who became matter for my sake, who willed to take His abode in matter...

Contemplation, Appreciation, And The Book Of Nature

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 07.05.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Reading the Book of Nature requires getting in tune with it by spending time outdoors and by developing attitudes and approaches to life that facilitate communicating with other creatures and hearing and seeing God in her works.

Could Contemplating Nature Be The Key To Protecting The Environment?

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

What we are doing is learning how to love everything God has made, so that we as humans and individuals remove ourselves from our illusory position at the center of the universe and put God there instead.

Mindfulness Is The Most Important Subject You Won't Learn in Class

CalmCircleCollege Blog Team | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
CalmCircleCollege Blog Team

We must honor our thoughts. We must continuously examine our lives as they are now and as we want them to be. And we must define success for ourselves and have the audacity to believe in our definition.

Is Mindfulness Christian?

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

The dance experience controversy on this show is stupid. Plain and simple. The point of this show is for celebrities to learn a new skill. So unless a celebrity is a professional ballroom dancer, then I'd say it's a fair game.

Inspiration Releases Untapped Potential

David Bennett | Posted 05.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
David Bennett

With awareness in tune, we find clues to our purpose in our daydreams, our sleeping dreams, and intuitive knowings.

What This Muslim Learned From a Christian Retreat

Mona Haydar | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Mona Haydar

The inability to see the face of God in another or even in your enemy is what keeps us divided and is a major contributing factor for the existence of extremist groups.

Another Tip from a Messy Contemplative

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

To sit in silence in the deepest part of God invites us all to disposes ourselves of the notion that more is always better.

Contemplation at Whitewater Canyon

Jim Burklo | Posted 04.26.2016 | Religion
Jim Burklo

This is the purpose of human existence: to be God's eyes and ears, hands and feet, showing reverent attention to all that is, and letting this loving, observant way of seeing and being manifest in all our relationships.

Nature, Gratitude and Contemplation -- a Recipe for Spiritual Growth

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 03.17.2017 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Nature has a talent for making us grateful. Not surprisingly, in the Christian monastic contemplative tradition nature has figured prominently. How do nature, gratitude and contemplation of nature work together?

The Shout of Sacred Consent

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 02.18.2017 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

The memories of the older women I observed as a child at Riverview Church are etched indelibly in my mind. This church built by the sweat and labor o...

The Power of the Limbic Brain

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2017 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Feelings and emotions that motivate or paralyze us lie within the limbic system. Our awareness that our emotional life colors our performance can liberate us from some brain chains.

Crystallizing Thoughts for Winter

David Bennett | Posted 01.26.2017 | GPS for the Soul
David Bennett

In the cold crisp air of winter and with the short day length we tend to slow and often use winter as a time for reflection and planning. Just as the ...

Art Seen Through the Lens of its Architect

Anna Agoston | Posted 12.31.2016 | Arts
Anna Agoston

I am an architect who makes art. My education and practice as an architect have informed what I see, the way I think, and what, why, and how I make art.

Road Trip!!!!!!

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 12.20.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

I love a good road trip. Give me 6 or 7 hour on open highway, a bag of Puffy Cheetos and some Twizzlers and I'm good! Don't get me started on having...

Breathe

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 12.18.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

Defining one's self is rough. Knowing who I am and being comfortable with that guy has been a lifelong work it seems. I've moved from identity being...

Let Me Drown In It

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 12.16.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

One of my unique claims to fame is as a child I almost drowned in a Rock and Roll legend's pool. Chuck Berry is a very distant relative of mine. So d...

Tip From a Messy Contemplative

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 12.16.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

I would love to talk about meditation and contemplative orientation from a place of perfection. I would love to land on the ground from levitating in the lotus position to tell of the richness of mindfulness practice from a place of certainty. But I can't!

Meditation Can Improve Your Life and Work, But You Have to Do It Like You Mean It

Dov Seidman | Posted 09.30.2016 | Business
Dov Seidman

As those of us in the Northern hemisphere settle into the autumn, I'm mindful of persistent advice from business gurus telling me that I should be practicing mindfulness, but I'm even more mindful that mindfulness has become one of the most overused, watered-down tropes of the year.

A Contemplative Practice: How Do We Start

David Bennett | Posted 09.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
David Bennett

It is critical that we acknowledge the importance of inner development in the process of our spiritual growth. Inner development is finding out who we truly are as we connect to our True Nature and requires engaging in contemplation and meditation.