• Patience Robbins

    • Patience Robbins is a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and has been a spiritual director for 30 years. She was the Director of Shalem's Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening Program from 2003-08 and the Director of the Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative from 2013-2015. She is the author of the booklet, Parenting: A Sacred Path.

Group Spiritual Direction

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins Group spiritual direction, also known by other names such as sacred listening circles or prayerful listening circles, is a wonderful process for nurturing values such as mutuality, reverence, deep listening and compassion. Mutuality speaks of a circle model, in which everyone participates.  No one is an expert or the […]

This is a Time for Contemplatives

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins As I continue to feel the turbulence, conflict and great uncertainty in the air, in me, in our country and world, I struggle to remember what I know from my many years of intentional spiritual practice and my life as a contemplative. Here are a few things that come: […]

Deep Interconnection in this Election Season

by Patience Robbins, excerpted from a Wednesday Election Guided Prayer Session (in November eNews) “Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother, this we know. The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected, like the blood which unites […]

Deep Peace, Deep Love, Deep Joy

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins For awhile now I have had a deep yearning to empower young adults. As I see the state of our world, I am so concerned that they will be prepared and ready for what they will need to address. This is such a profound longing in my heart that I pray […]

Healing Prayer for the World

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins. The other day I found myself weeping over the state of our world. I felt deep grief and pain; I call it being heartsick. I felt moved to seek out another person so I could share this deep pain. As we sat together and I wept, I felt comforted. […]

May 05, 2016 by Patience Robbins
Categories: Contemplation in Action and Contemplative Living. Tags: compassion, grief, pain, struggle, and suffering. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Prayer Circles for Peace

“I am a cosmic citizen, a planetary being who lives in the Americas in the United States.” This was a line shared by a teacher I had one summer. It sure blows open any narrow attachment to a certain country or geographical place and calls forth a whole new perspective on who I am related to and where I belong. This ties in so well with what I have been learning (and thus teaching) in my own life–the interconnectedness of all.

For years I have been quoting a line from Thomas Merton: “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. What we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.” As I grow in the contemplative life, I continue to notice and experience the truth of these words–unity with others and the earth. In fact, now I am praying the question: How do we live out of this interconnectedness, especially as I notice that I often act, think and live as though I am separate, independent and self-sufficient?

Lectio Divina: Praying with Scripture

I love praying with scripture. Since my teenage years, I have enjoyed and appreciated the power and beauty of scripture. Certain parables, Psalms, and other verses have spoken right to my heart and now live in me. As many of you perhaps, I can recall some by memory and experience a variety of feelings these […]

June 06, 2014 by Patience Robbins
Categories: Uncategorized. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article.

Gratitude & Compassion

Humanity as a whole needs a breakthrough into the contemplative dimension of life. This is the Life at the heart of the world. There the human family is already one. If one goes to one’s own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else, and all in the heart of the Ultimate […]

December 12, 2013 by Patience Robbins
Categories: Uncategorized. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article.

What I Know and Don’t Know

Years ago, I recall sitting in a group with Jerry May while he was speaking about contemplative prayer.  With great fun, he shared a story about a Tibetan monk who when asked a question would respond:  “don’t know” and kept repeating “don’t know.”  I still chuckle when I remember this and am reminded that answers […]

January 01, 2009 by Patience Robbins
Categories: Uncategorized. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article.