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Advent Listening

Today’s blog is by Mary van Balen I am poring through Scripture readings and books while preparing for an Advent retreat, revisiting favorite writings and discovering new ones. As readers do, I filter the words through my current state of mind, faith, and being. A passage that held deep meaning five years ago provides little […]

Community of Heart: Practicing in Common-Unity

Today’s post is by Keith Kristich Communities of spiritual practice are often home to those who would not typically choose to spend time together. In Chris Heuertz’s most recent book, The Sacred Enneagram, a book integrating contemplative prayer with personality psychology of the Enneagram, Chris writes this of his contemplative prayer group: “Those who normally […]

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.

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.

Contemplation is the goal of all life.
It is knowledge by love.

~Bede Griffiths

A Simple Path to Follow

Today’s post is by Nancy Flinchbaugh Ancients created labyrinths thousands of years ago, and more recently, labyrinths again surfaced to help center and orient pilgrims on their life path. In the middle ages, labyrinths were laid in stone into the floors of cathedrals in Europe. The faithful, who couldn’t afford a journey to the holy land, […]

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 […]

Shalem Summer Reading 2014

SHALEM STAFF READING PICKS Have you ever wondered about the books the Shalem staff reads? Here’s what some of the Shalem staff have been enjoying over the last year. From Bryan Berghoef: Anthony DeMello, Awareness This book was a surprising and enjoyable read. Taken almost verbatim from lectures given at a retreat, DeMello’s style is […]

Prayerful Reading

We are conditioned to read with a “segregated mind,” where we suspend our prayerful presence and start thinking “about” God and life. A contemplative orientation encourages us to maintain some background sense of the Presence while we are reading, some way to let our mind rest in our spiritual heart’s direct presence in God, at […]

July 07, 2013 by shalem online
Categories: Contemplative Reading and Uncategorized. Formats: Article and eNews Article.

Shalem Summer Reading 2013

SHALEM STAFF READING PICKS Have you ever wondered about the books the Shalem staff reads? Here’s what some of the Shalem staff have been enjoying over the last year. From Bryan Berghoef: John Steinbeck, To a God Unknown A novel about the land, relationships, spirituality, and the longings we have for connection and meaning between […]