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May your hands always be busy,
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation,
When the winds of changes shift.

~Bob Dylan


Categories: Nature and spirituality and Self Compassion. Tags: bob dylan. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Holy Ground

Today’s post is by Trish Stefanik Reflecting on contemplative living, I am struck by how my understanding of “holiness” has changed over the years. Not surprisingly, stirred in the mixing bowl of religious populism and American myth, I was shaped by a notion of holiness that was something I could possess and, of course, feel […]

Say yes to each new, unexpected
manifestation of love.

~James Finley


Life at the Pace of Walking

Today’s post is by Cordelia Burpee “Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.” ~Abraham Joshua Heschel I have been doing a lot of walking lately. I thought it might be boring—all that time alone with no one to talk to, nothing to listen to—but I have realized […]

Contemplative Grounding in the Midst of Overwhelming Challenges

Article by Margaret Benefiel (in the October eNews) In the face of bitter political division, environmental degradation, police shooting of black men and shooting of police, the refugee crisis, wars, world hunger, and international political tensions, I sometimes find myself feeling helpless and even hopeless. Over dinner with friends, when the topic turns to such […]

Simplicity comes
when we are
wholly yielded
to God.
~Thomas Kelly



Voting From Our Spiritual Heart

Today’s post is by Tilden Edwards From where inside do we listen when we decide for whom we will vote? From where do the candidates listen? The greatest contribution a contemplative orientation can bring to such a question is its invitation to listen from a deeper place than those that might first show up, the […]

You need a spiritual pilgrimage.
Begin by closing your mouth.

~sayings of the Desert Fathers



Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: desert fathers, pilgrimage, and silence. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Letting God Lead

Today’s post is by the late Gerald May There is a huge difference, I have found, between acting as if God were leading—which is what I do when my ego tries to decide and implement what God wants—and really letting God lead, which happens when my ego stops filtering and controlling and begins simply to […]

Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
~Mary Oliver