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Silent Retreats

Near Death Experiences Are Actually True Life Experiences

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

If the near death experiences being shared by many are really to believed, they are actually true life experiences, because what they are describing i...

The New Paradigm: Heart Intelligence

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Heart intelligence is the paradigm that speaks to everyone's hope and frustration. Just what is our IQ score in heart intelligence? Not nearly high enough!

The Gift of Monastic Life for Non-Monastics

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

A sweet stillness begins upon wakening and continues all day and night until going to sleep. The first sounds this morning are the Canadian geese making their morning honks as they fly by. Today song birds join in, lifting the air, incredible. Then quiet again.

Why Peace & Quiet Is Green

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

How can we make long-term healthy decisions for the Earth when our own inner noise is pushing us just to get out the door?

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

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

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.

New Year: Lets Find Our Cathedral of Silence

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu -- we all seek the treasure waiting in silence. In silence, we all meet in a common understanding. There is peace. Th...

The Latest in Holiday Gifts? A Silent Retreat

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

This holiday, instead of looking for the newest machine, people are finding the gift of a vacation from all machines. Instead of shopping for somethi...

Falling Into the Silence of Fall

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

As I watch the leaves fall, each drifting in their special silence, I am touched. I am glad I am witnessing their final flight as if each is taking a final bow. I admire their skill of letting go.

Where Business Elite Succeed and Fail With Meditation

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Watch out world, high-octane performance is for those who close their eyes, surrender their thoughts and practice watching their breath!

Let's Turn Down the Noise and Turn Up Peace and Quiet

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The lack of peace and quiet affects all that we do, our relationships, and most important our ability to listen and know our own heart and soul. It is our potential for introspection that makes us unique as a species.

A Gay Episcopalian Goes on a Catholic Spiritual Retreat

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

I know I'm not going to go to a gay wedding in a Catholic church anytime soon, and I know I'm not always going to agree with what the leaders of the Catholic Church have to say, but my time at Loyola affirmed for me that people of faith have more things in common than differences.

The Gift of Emptiness

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

When we receive the vastness within, emptiness is found to be full of heart essence. Joy is more joyful, beauty more beautiful, life more simple, precious.

Heartfulness Meditation: The Seven Steps

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Joy is in the little things. The simple joys make for a life strong in heartfulness where everyday stress doesn't pierce the sunshine of who we really are.

The Silence Inside the Silence

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The full dimensions of love are experienced directly in silence. The silence inside the silence is a force beyond any worldly power.

Meditation: Finding The Pearl In the Hay Stack

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Under our pile of mental details, all the thought and feelings, memory is a pearl of innocence -- a brilliant light, the reality of our soul. How to f...

Monastery Without Walls

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

After being away from America for so many years, living another pace of life in the center of Italy, we forgot the speed, busyness, and intensely mental nature of our culture.

Summer Retreat and Find That Something Beyond Words

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Many people are learning the wisdom to take time off and disconnect from everything that has attached itself to body, mind, and soul. Once away from i...

There Are 50,000 Thoughts Standing Between You and Your Partner Every Day!

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

With all the thinking go on, what chance does our heart have to breathe, feel, and experience life, no less make contact with our significant others? The crowded mind makes for an overcrowded heart with little room for ourselves and less room for anyone else.

Bringing Mindfulness for Teens Into the Wilderness

Patrick Cook-Deegan | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Patrick Cook-Deegan

I had spent many weeks in the backcountry before, but never right after a meditation retreat. Never with a mind quiet enough to take in all the natural world had to offer.

Runaway, Busy Mind? There Is a Way Home

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Constantly thinking is like having a constant filter between us and the sunshine of life. We experience life through, in between, and over our thoughts. This shuts out the true light. We miss the direct experience.

A Different Kind of Pilgrimage That Can Change Your Life

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Instead of traveling to some remote part of the world, we seek a remote part of the self. We seek a quiet mind, inner peace. People of all religions and no religion are making a pilgrimage into silence. They are making a silent retreat.

Silent Retreat: More Than Broccoli for the Soul -- It's Chocolate!

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

In normal life we are trapped, watching our mind racing around the track of our non-stop thoughts going around and around and around. Love is a silent retreat, enjoying no mind, no thought. The stillness all around touches the quiet inside.

Silence: The Joy of No Self, the Joy of Being Our True Self in the World

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Stepping out of our worldly identity can lead us to the freedom of "no self." No self, no problems. Embrace this awareness, and we find the joy of being our true self in the world.

Silent Retreats: How to Choose?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Silence is time away from time, where we discover the treasure of one's own company. This is the heart and essence of a silent retreat.

10 Awesome U.S. Silent Retreat Centers For Peace, Quiet & De-Stressing

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.28.2013 | Travel

The perfect antidote to the constant noise of busy, work-driven urban lives.