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The spiritual life is not taught, but caught. You get it through contagion.

~Evelyn Underhill

Three Simple Gifts

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Recently I attended the Spiritual Director’s International Conference in St. Louis. The keynote speakers are well-known in the area of spirituality, and I looked forward to the breakout sessions, especially one on storytelling. To top it off, travel was a road trip with a good friend filled with […]

Deep Diving

Article by Joan Paddock Maxwell (June 2018 eNews) Over the years I’ve spent about two hundred hours scuba diving. One of the many fascinating parts of the scuba experience is the increasing quiet you encounter as you go further below the ocean’s surface. I used to love to swim down to one hundred feet and […]

Attention is the rarest and purest kind of generosity.

~Simone Weil

Categories: Contemplative Living and Love. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Calm, Open and Harmonious

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef The current stage of life I’m in is busy. I have four active kids in elementary and middle school. Daily I find myself driving them to practice, to track meets, to school activities. I work as a pastor in a new church setting in which I am the only […]

As God deepens in us, appreciation of life in God naturally flows.

~Tilden Edwards

The Gift of Sabbath Time

Instead of seeing Sabbath time as a period to do spiritual activities, perhaps it’s a time to just enjoy God. If during that time there’s a leading to do something contemplative, that may be okay, but only if it’s being done out of love and not a sense of urgency or accomplishment.

Prayer is inner resonance and a capacity for mutuality.

~Richard Rohr

Children, Chaos, and Contemplation

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef

There is never a dull moment at our house. My wife and I have four children—amid the flurry of homework assignments, birthday parties, sibling spats, and dinnertime squabbles—there’s a lot of constant noise and movement.

One of the delightful things about having young children is their unbridled enthusiasm and overwhelming energy. They are fully present, without a sense that there is anything else to be. They are fully in the moment. This is a gift of being a child, not being weighed down by thoughts of the future, or by a sense of responsibility, or worry. They are right here, right now.

The downside is that everything is so important, and when something doesn’t go their way, right now, it’s reason for complaining, crying, sometimes even—panic. Spilling milk really is something to cry over. A favorite toy breaking feels like the apocalypse. Even as I write this there is fighting in the sandbox. (Don’t worry – we have plenty of moments of calm and laughter as well in our household!)

I long as a parent to be able to maintain an inner calm amid all this outer chaos and confusion. I find that I very seldom am able to cultivate that on the spot. It is something I need to consciously develop in other moments, so that when the chaos comes, I have a reserve of calm from which to draw. It might be a daily time of prayer and silence, a quiet walk outside, Scripture reading, or some other practice.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.

~John Lennon

Categories: Contemplative Living and Non-duality. Tags: John Lennon and peace. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.