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Learning and Connecting Through Shalem’s Online Courses

Article by Jane Sharp (October 2017 eNews) The summer air in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina renews and refreshes. Since we retired, my husband and I spend five to six months in a small cabin there, a couple of hours away from our “real” home in Greensboro. I can sit in silence, looking […]

Deep Listening: Spiritual Direction and Beyond

Article by Joan Conway (September 2017 eNews) Within the space opened up by recent retirement, I am being challenged to listen anew for God in my life. Shalem’s group spiritual direction workshop…afforded me an opportunity to refine my skills in the contemplative practice of deep listening. It also provided the chance for me to reflect on […]

September 09, 2017 by shalemonline
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Formats: Article and eNews Article.

Into the Wilderness

Article by Trish Stefanik (August 2017 eNews) I used to live in the mountain wilderness of West Virginia. I also love to spend time in the high desert of New Mexico. Both places of natural wonder open me to God. Confronted with the magnificence and starkness of the landscape and the infinite variety of creation, […]

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, […]

Poetry as Prelude to Prayer

Article by Dana Greene (June 2017 eNews) Poetry like prayer is a form of primary speech, an expression of the intensity of life breaking forth in language. Both can tap into latent energy, expand it, and in the process create a communion, which overcomes separation and loneliness. Both evoke a powerful attachment to life, engaging […]

June 06, 2017 by Dana Greene 4 Comments
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Formats: Article and eNews Article.

Grounded in Love: Creative Leadership for our Times

Article by Margaret Benefiel (May 2017 eNews) Marches. Online petitions. Letters to the editor. “Am I doing any good?” I ask myself. “Am I making a difference? Is there another way?” In the face of injustice, wars, and humanity’s inhumanity to humanity, I long to be faithful to doing my part to heal the world. As […]

Nature’s Healing

Today’s post is from the writings of the late Gerald May (April 2017 eNews) …Nature’s teaching is also a healing. And though we must indeed be taught, it is the healing that we need most. We have been fractured. We have been broken off from the nature of the world, broken away from the nature of […]

A Mystic for Our Times

Today’s article is by Mirabai Starr (March 2017 eNews) What can Teresa of Avila offer us five hundred years after her death? Teresa models the living balance between action and contemplation, serving others and developing an interior life, engaging in passionate human relationships and surrendering to the divine mystery. She was an ecstatic mystic and skillful […]

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 […]

I’ll Meet You There

Today’s post is by Tilden Edwards Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.  ~Rumi, in “Open Secret: Versions of Rumi” […]