Archive for Friday Blog

When We Listen to the Bell

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef My first introduction to a meditation bell or singing bowl was at my first Shalem staff meeting over four years ago. I clearly remember hearing it ring out—the warm vibrations had an immediate calming influence. It seemed the obvious and natural way to lead us into silence, even though […]

Rain—An Icon of Grace

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Rain pelted the windows as I fell asleep one Friday night this spring. Thunder rumbled in the distance, occasionally exploding through the thick sky, rattling the window beside my bed. I’ve always loved thunder storms, especially at night when I have nothing else to do but listen and […]

May 05, 2017 by Mary van Balen 2 Comments
Categories: Nature and spirituality, Non-duality, Prayer, and Self Compassion. Tags: Grace, icon, and rain. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Spiritual Mulch

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef Spring is upon us, and the warmer weather has many of us returning to tasks we last performed some months ago. We may find ourselves mowing the lawn, prepping the garden, pruning some bushes, setting out bird seed, or simply enjoying the ever-greening view. As I called upon my […]

Contemplative Leadership: Born of Compassion

Today’s post is by Leah Rampy When compassion fills my heart,  free from all desire,  I sit quietly like the earth. My silent cry echoes like thunder  throughout the universe.  – Rumi What does it mean for us to be called to compassion, graced with the capacity and the desire? What do we notice about […]

Be Active and Know

Today’s post is by Jeff Nelson To help him with his schoolwork, we’ve purchased several fidget cubes for our son. If you aren’t familiar with these, they are small six-sided objects, each side with a series of buttons to press, switches to click, balls to roll with your thumb, and so on. They were born […]

March 03, 2017 by Jeff Nelson
Categories: Body Prayer and Prayer. Tags: active, children, labyrinth, prayer, and presence. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Group Spiritual Direction

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins Group spiritual direction, also known by other names such as sacred listening circles or prayerful listening circles, is a wonderful process for nurturing values such as mutuality, reverence, deep listening and compassion. Mutuality speaks of a circle model, in which everyone participates.  No one is an expert or the […]

Streams of Water

Today’s post is by Maria Cristina Borges Alvarez, a Cuban priest serving in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. ~Psalm 42, 1-2a How my soul has longed for those streams of water […]

February 02, 2017 by Maria Cristina Borges Alvarez
Categories: clergy, Clergy & Congregation, and Contemplative Leadership. Tags: clergy, cuba, san diego, and spanish. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Inner Authority

Today’s post is by Lerita Coleman Brown For Howard Thurman an important principle linking contemplation to social activism was the notion of Inner Authority. …Both Jesus and Thurman believed that no matter how repressive external circumstances become, as children of God, we are each created with this inner sanctuary. Thus, being aware of one’s inner […]

This is a Time for Contemplatives

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins As I continue to feel the turbulence, conflict and great uncertainty in the air, in me, in our country and world, I struggle to remember what I know from my many years of intentional spiritual practice and my life as a contemplative. Here are a few things that come: […]

Art: Awakening Us to Everyday Wonders

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen My friend Kathryn and I successfully navigated the Metro this morning and made our way to the Musée d’Orsay. Originally it was a railway station that included a hotel and reception room, but as train transportation changed, the station was gradually abandoned. In 1977 the French government decided […]

February 02, 2017 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality and Pilgrimage. Tags: art, cezanne, money, musée d'Orsay, paris, pilgrimage, renoir, and travel. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.