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Making Space, One Book at a Time

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Sometimes the simplest of chores become prayer. It’s about paying attention and being present to the moment. That’s what wisdom teachers have always said whether they were early Christian monks living in the Egyptian desert or a contemporary Buddhist monk like Thich Nhat Hanh; a Sufi poet like […]

February 02, 2019 by Mary van Balen 6 Comments
Categories: Contemplative Living, Contemplative Reading, and Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: books and Reading. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

An Amazing Journey

Article by Lerita Coleman Brown (February 2019 eNews) My religious and spiritual life is an amazing journey. I began my prayer life kneeling at the foot of my bed pleading to a white man in the sky and moved to the foot of a mountain where I felt the Presence there. In between I learned that […]

Sound of Silence, Stillness in Motion

Today’s post is by Ernest Yau A simple phrase, “Just a moment,” is an invitation to stand on holy ground. Intermissions, such as a mesmerized father holding his newborn for the first time or a grieving daughter gazing at her mother for the last, call us to not rush but hush. The curtain of life […]

February 02, 2019 by Ernest Yau 1 Comment
Categories: Contemplative Living and Prayer. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom.

~Aristotle

 

Categories: Contemplation in Action and Contemplative Living. Tags: wisdom. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

I have decided to stick to love… hate is too great a burden to bear.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Categories: Contemplative Living and Love. Tags: MLK, MLK Day, and MLK Jr. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Hope in the New Year

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen I like to celebrate Christmas—all 12 days of the season. So, while discarded Christmas trees line neighborhood sidewalks, mine still shines with white lights and carefully chosen ornaments. By the time you read this, Epiphany will have come and gone, and my tree will be back in the […]

January 01, 2019 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Contemplative Living, Contemplative Reading, and Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: Christmas, hope, and Thurman. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Some Buddhists say that if you strip away all the mental clutter, you discover that the world is made of compassion.

~Gerald May

The Privilege of Silence

Today’s post is by Carl McColman Back in 2003, I spent a day at a relatively new monastery near Sligo, Ireland. Like many small religious foundations just getting off the ground, it was struggling, although the members of the community were filled with optimism and a sense of purpose about their shared mission. I plied […]

So, I close my eyes to old ends and open my heart to new beginnings.

~Nick Frederickson

Categories: Contemplative Living and Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: beginnings and New Years. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Welcoming Christ, Welcoming Others

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Stepping out of the parking garage elevator and starting down the walkway to the office building, I stopped to look at the nativity scene that had been placed outside the large windows. All the faces were painted pink-white. Sure, that nativity was probably bought decades ago and spends most […]

December 12, 2018 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Community, Contemplation in Action, and Contemplative Living. Tags: Advent, bishops, Christmas, and racism. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.