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The Power of Being Present

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef “Hello? Are you there, Dad?” I am awakened from my thoughts by my youngest child poking me, as I had apparently gone somewhere else while playing a game with her. This is a less common experience than it used to be, but still happens from time to time. We […]

Iona: A Pilgrimage in Image and Word

Photo blog by Susan Etherton 1) Everywhere you go there is a secret room. To discover it, you must knock on walls… and listen for the echo that portends the secret passage. Everywhere has a secret room. You must find your own, in a small chapel, a tiny café, a quiet park, the pew where […]

December 12, 2017 by Susan Etherton
Categories: Nature and spirituality, Non-duality, Pilgrimage, Prayer, and spirituality in community. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

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. […]

Compassion through Contemplation

Article by Catherine Kerr (featured in November 2017 eNews) Compassion means to understand another’s pain at such a deep level that it’s like feeling it yourself. Many mentors have told me over the years that the essence of pastoral ministry is connection and presence, being with. One seminary professor liked to say that the most […]

New Movements of the Spirit

Article by Margaret Benefiel (July 2017 eNews) What is the Spirit doing now? This question frames the New Contemplative Exchange, a gathering of 19 young contemplative leaders with Thomas Keating, Tilden Edwards, Richard Rohr, and Laurence Freeman, occurring next month at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. Fifty years ago, the Spirit stirred Keating, Edwards, […]

The Quiet Miracles of Spiritual Direction in Groups

Today’s article is by Ginger Essink (in February 2017 eNews) I fell in love with what Shalem has to offer by starting in group spiritual direction. During the five years I was with my group, I was more enriched than I had ever imagined possible. This program of once-a-month meetings can create deep relationships in […]

“Let your kindness be like the rain,
that cares not about whom it falls upon.”

~Talib al Habib





Categories: Contemplative Spirituality, Love, and spirituality in community. Tags: kindness and rain. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Hospitality is the way we turn around
a prejudiced world
one heart at a time.
Hospitality binds the world together.
~Joan Chittister


Pilgrimage: The Way of the Heart

Article by Carole Crumley (in January 2017 eNews) This past month, it seems that everything in my life has been in motion. Trips to stores, shops, the post office have multiplied exponentially. Precious visits to family and friends have kept us on the road. Christmas scripture readings have magnified this sense of movement. A young […]

The Spiritual Practice of Reaching Out

Today’s post is by Jeff Nelson It began with a quick moment of inspiration. I’d just finished reading a book chapter written by a friend and colleague, and was so struck by their words that I logged onto Facebook and left a note of appreciation on their wall. This might not sound like a big […]

November 11, 2016 by Jeff Nelson 1 Comment
Categories: Self Compassion, spiritual growth, and spirituality in community. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.