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Contemplative Practice

'Only When There is Calm Will Things Settle'

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 08.18.2015 | Education
Kyle David Anderson

Every task we undertake as humans -- social beings, after all -- threatens to do violence, or at the very least ring hollow, when the well-being and happiness of ourselves and those around us are ignored.

A New Monasticism for Our Times, Part 2: Inspiring Transformation in the Heart of Radical Change

Rory McEntee | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

This sense of the sacred is not something that needs to be defined for you, by dogmas or beliefs or teachings, but rather is that which resides deepest in your own heart, in your own being, in your own experience of Life.

A New Monasticism for Our Times, Part 1: The Spirit Behind a Radical Movement for Change

Rory McEntee | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

The spirit that lies behind my work comes from a deep longing to harness our contemplative wisdom for a new age, helping those who long to cultivate their own gifts and graces to serve our human family in the greatest way possible.

Silence Is Golden

Robyn Brentano | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Robyn Brentano

It probably isn't a coincidence that we are learning about the benefits of silence and meditation just at the moment that the world is becoming noisier and busier than ever. However, it is one thing to hear this, read this, and know this fundamental truth in an abstract way.

Can Contemplation Make Us Better Leaders?

Carl McColman | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Carl McColman

Can contemplation help us not only grow spiritually, but become more effective in our life skills as well?

The Rothko Chapel and the Practice of Non-Doing

Claudia Horwitz | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Claudia Horwitz

I had been looking for the Rothko Chapel long before I knew of its existence. I had a primal yearning for contemplative spaces I could just barely see in my mind's eye, let alone describe.

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Power -- The Energy of a United Community

Krishna Pendyala | Posted 04.15.2015 | Good News
Krishna Pendyala

It feels so much like déjà vu as I reminisce the devotion of a group of everyday people from Wichita, KS. Approximately 28 years ago, a similar gr...

You Want to Help the World? Meditate! Lessons From a College Classroom

Dr. Fran Grace | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Fran Grace

Meditation develops the inner dimension of our humanity. Why is this important? Because who we are on the inside affects everything we say and do on the outside -- all of our decisions, words, and actions. Our inner being has an effect on the world around us.

Wonderful Leadership: Seeking a Contemplative Approach to Guiding Others (and Ourselves)

Carl McColman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion
Carl McColman

What does it mean to lead well? How can we lead others (and ourselves) most effectively? What can we do to improve our leadership skills? How can leaders best be equipped to make a difference in our time of rapid cultural change?

Br. Alois of Taizé on Racial Unrest, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

And this is the heart of the Gospel! God is love. This is the truth. Jesus was also speaking of the truth of God, but the truth is that God is love. In a way this message is very vulnerable, but it has to be vulnerable, because love is vulnerable.

Jaweed Kaleem

Contemplative Studies Grow At Brown University -- And Beyond | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion

Three times last week, between classes in neuropharmacology, neural systems and journalism, Brown University junior Henry Langton changed into sweatpa...

10 Recommended Books on Christian Meditation

Carl McColman | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
Carl McColman

A Facebook friend recently asked me, "Hey Carl, what are your ten top books on meditation?" So here's my answer. I hope this is a useful list. I've listed the books in the order in which I would recommend them.

A Journey From Unlovable to Beloved: An ex-Jehovah's Witness Reclaims Her Spiritual Heritage

V.K. Harber | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
V.K. Harber

Yes, it's true. No, I'm not going through an early mid-life crisis. Yes, I've really thought about it. No, my values have not changed. Yes, I'm sure. This is how my end of the conversation goes when I tell my friends that I'm in the process of becoming Catholic.

Creating Art from Direct Experience

Julie DuBose | Posted 05.20.2014 | Arts
Julie DuBose

It could and has been said that there are two types of artists, those who conceptualize what they experience and want to express, and those who expr...

How Contemplative Photography Will Change Your Life by Changing How You See

Julie DuBose | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie DuBose

The way we see ourselves and our world is held together by the way we sort our experience. We constantly evaluate everything we see and hear based on what we think we know about it already.

The World Needs More Poetry

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

A poem, at a different level from other types of writing, also invites us to pay attention. To be aware. To allow the flow of words to wash over us, the images to flicker on the screen of our mind, the senses evoked to become engaged.

Spiritual Death Can Be Avoided

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

It's the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at this writing. That means that it's the day in which we can return to forgetting about Dr. King's values or we can take a new stride in making Kingian principles tangible.

The Renaissance of Thought

Anthony Strano | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Anthony Strano

Reality begins with a thought. Thought in turn creates feeling and attitude, which is called consciousness. This inner, subtle world of consciousness ...

Putting the God of Vengeance in His Place

John Backman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
John Backman

The God of the Bible is very hard on the people of Israel throughout the Hebrew scriptures. He blazes with rage and punishes them severely, even exiling them to oppressors like Assyria and Babylon.

Are There Some Questions the Church Can't Answer?

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Many of my clients aren't looking for answers, even when they think they are, and even when I want them to be. They are not seeking to understand, but longing to be understood. I suspect the same is fundamentally true of churchgoers.

Presidents, Pastors and Purpose Seekers: Finding the Balance Between Action and Contemplation

Matthew Dowd | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Matthew Dowd

Some people think contemplation takes away our drive in the world. In truth, it enhances and deepens it. It allows us to work in the world from a place of abundance rather than scarcity.

Wake Up to Good News

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

The root cause of suffering and harm is ignorance, illusion, not seeing things as they actually are. But when we wake up and see the facts and live in the light, we feel so much freer, at ease, unthreatened, confident, overflowing, loved, and loving.

How Yoga Can Help You Deal With Change

Kripalu | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living

In my work, I also see a lot of successes, which is one of the things that inspires me in my own life and teaching. I witness brave people using the tools of yoga to move forward in their lives and to access positive change.

Find What's Sacred

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Without stress or pressure, see if there could be a deepening commitment to this something sacred. How do you feel about making sanctuary for it, in your attention and intentions, and in how you spend your time and other resources?

Your Death Is Your Headline

Anushka Fernandopulle | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Anushka Fernandopulle

We can connect with the poignancy and beauty of our lives, spend our precious limited time wisely, and treat people in ways that we will not later regret. So make death your headline, in order to spend your life living fully with integrity and presence.