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How Good to Center Down!

Today’s post is from the writings of Howard Thurman How good it is to center down! To sit quietly and see one’s self pass by! The streets of our minds seethe with endless traffic; Our spirits resound with clashing, with noisy silences, While something deep within hungers and thirsts for the still moment and the […]

We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope.

~Martin Luther King Jr.


Setting the Stage for a Contemplative New Year

Article by Winston Charles (January 2018 eNews) One sage piece of advice given to me was, “Don’t join a fitness center in January. It will be packed with well-intentioned people who have made New Year’s resolutions to finally do something about getting fit and healthy. Wait until February when yet another gaggle of New Year’s […]

How are we called to pray for our precious planet?

A new year is an opportunity to set intentions and hold space for something new to unfold. Shalem is beginning 2018 with weekly Prayer for the World sessions. Patience Robbins is leading these intentional gatherings where we hold our planet in compassion, light and love and listen for what the Spirit is inviting in our current world […]

January 01, 2018 by shalemonline
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Come out from the circle of time and into the circle of love.


Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: rumi. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

The Invitation

Post by Patience Robbins In recent months, I have felt more than the usual turmoil, anxiety and distress in the air with all that has been happening in our world. And more days than I would imagine, I felt tossed around by a sea of negative and hostile words and emotions, both within and without. […]

All your talk is worthless when compared to one whisper of the Beloved.


Categories: Contemplative Spirituality and Continuous Prayer. Tags: rumi. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Spiritual Companions across the Centuries

Today’s post is by Margaret Benefiel “Rebuild my church.” God used these words from Francis of Assisi’s story to speak to me as I sat in prayer with two spiritual companions in Greensboro, North Carolina, after a heartbreaking disillusionment. I had left a job that I had thought was my dream job, my dream shattered. […]

In the spiritual life, I am always at the beginning.

~Ralph Blum

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

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

~Bede Griffiths