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Nothing ever goes away
until it has taught us
what we need to know.

~Pema Chödrön

We are all meant to be mothers of God.
God is always needing to be born.

~Meister Eckhart

 

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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.

Discovering Our Identity

Today’s post is by Laura Bratton As a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, I was wrestling with deep theological questions that seminary students ask: Who is God? How do I understand God’s presence in the world? I was also struggling with another question. What is my identity? As a person who had recently become blind, […]

Online Presence

Article by Gerald May (in August 2016 eNews) In 1995, when the Internet was still fairly young, Shalem staff member Jerry May reflected on the spiritual possibilities of this new online space for himself and for Shalem. Here is an edited, shortened version of the original article that appeared in the Shalem News, Summer 1995. […]

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 […]

The secret of human freedom is to act well,

without attachment to the results.

~Bhagavad Gita

 

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A Challenge to Everyday Life

We are all traveling somewhere, whether we regularly find ourselves at the airport, on a path through some untamed wilderness, or at the kitchen table. Life’s journey moves us from one place to another, and we are the unwitting (and sometimes unwilling) passengers.

Visio Divina and Eyeglass Repair

The practice of Visio Divina offered me new ways of seeing, through God’s grace and eyeglass repair. It was another chance to see the spirit of God and to laugh out loud in the way that God speaks to me and encourages me to see in a new way.

Being Contemplative in the Digital Age: 6 Tips to Nourish Your Prayer Practice

Prayer is often thought of as speaking to God but prayer doesn’t have to be about speaking. It can be about silence and listening. This practice from the Christian contemplative tradition can serve to help calm the storm of stimuli that is part of living in the digital age.

St. Benedict, a sixth century spiritual leader, advised his monks to “listen with the ear of the heart,” that is, to listen deeply, noticing the many ways God spoke to them in their daily activities as well as through scripture and worship.

There are many ways to pray, many ways to open to God’s living presence and nurture an awareness of the sacred in daily life. Whether you are just beginning on a spiritual path or seeking to deepen your spiritual practice, here are some ways to begin or begin again.