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Another name for God is surprise.

~Brother David Steindl-Rast

Art as a Doorway to Prayer

Today’s post is by Liz Ward It all started with Michelangelo’s statue of David. While delighting in the beauty of Florence as a carefree nineteen-year-old, I was drawn to visit this famous statue. As I gazed at the vibrant, living, marble, time melted away and suddenly the afternoon was almost over. This was when I […]

I live in widening circles
That reach out across the world.

~Rainer Maria Rilke

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Categories: Community, Nature and spirituality, and Non-duality. Tags: rilke. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Opening to God: Receiving Nurture for Contemplative Leadership

Article by Liz Ward “In God we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 Voices on television, computers and in newspapers expose us to heartbreaking tragedies all over the world; taking in even a tiny fraction of the pain and suffering of creation can seem overwhelming. We see images of pain and suffering […]

Collaboration as a Quality of Contemplative Leadership

Article by Tilden Edwards …learn this lesson from lute tambourine and trumpet learn the harmony of the musicians if one is playing a wrong note even among twenty others will stray out of tune don’t say what is the use of me alone being peaceful when everyone is fighting you’re not one you’re a thousand […]

We can only be said to be alive
in those moments when
our hearts are conscious
of our treasures.
~Thornton Wilder

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Categories: Community and Prayer. Tags: gratitude and thanksgiving. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

The Spiritual Practice of Reaching Out

Today’s post is by Jeff Nelson It began with a quick moment of inspiration. I’d just finished reading a book chapter written by a friend and colleague, and was so struck by their words that I logged onto Facebook and left a note of appreciation on their wall. This might not sound like a big […]

November 11, 2016 by Jeff Nelson 1 Comment
Categories: Self Compassion, spiritual growth, and spirituality in community. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Mystery Taking Shape: Creativity and Contemplative Leadership

by Ann Dean The most visible creators I know are those whose medium is life itself… Their medium is being.  ~Frederick Franck Contemplation is often defined as simple open presence, continually renewed immediacy, and direct awareness of what is. These are good phrases that describe our intent. Yet when we take the adjective “contemplative” and put […]

Leading From Within The Living Presence: The Essence Of Contemplative Leadership

by Carole Crumley In this series, we have tried to describe contemplative leadership. We have talked about creativity, compassion, and collaboration and there could be many other words that we might name as qualities of contemplative leadership. For me, all of these qualities rise from the realm of presence, our open presence to Divine Presence. […]

Everybody can love in the place where they are.
We can all add our share of love without leaving the room.

~Helen Nearing

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Categories: Love and Non-duality. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.