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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.

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 […]

Shalem Summer Reading 2012

Whether you are at the beach, or in your backyard, study or bedroom, we recommend some Shalem authors for your summer reading pleasure: Dougherty, Rose Mary.  Discernment: A Path to Spiritual Awakening A sensitive guide through the sometimes difficult terrain of spiritual discernment Dougherty, Rose Mary.  Group Spiritual Direction: Community for Discernment An essential resource […]

What is Contemplative Spirituality?

Pulse aquí para leer la monografía de nuestro personal “¿Qué es la espiritualidad contemplativa?” en español. 여기를 누르시면 샬렘 선임연구원들의 논문 “관상적 영성이란 무엇인가?”를 한글로 읽으실 수 있습니다. Printable PDF “What is Contemplative Spirituality?” A generation ago, most people were uncomfortable talking about their personal spirituality. Now, however, people speak of it so freely that […]