Archive for Friday Blog

God’s Love is Never Small

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your […]

March 03, 2018 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Love and Non-duality. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

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 […]

Painting Love’s Journey

Today’s post is by Kimberly Borin Create a visual or word image of the feeling of love you have for some person, place, or thing. This means expressing the feeling itself, not simply a subject you love. – John Daido Loori, The Zen of Creativity, Cultivating Your Artistic Life A large white canvas stands before […]

March 03, 2018 by Kimberly Ann Borin
Categories: Body Prayer and Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: art, journey, love, and painting. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Howard Thurman: Black Theologian, Mystic, and Mentor

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen The reading from Mark’s gospel about the Gentile woman’s request for Jesus to heal her daughter possessed by a demon is one of my favorites. Jesus had slipped away from the crowds, but the woman found him and threw herself at his feet, asking for help. When Jesus […]

Understanding the Gifts of Pilgrimage

Today’s post is by Tom Adams Four guys headed out on a walk, a long walk. Two of the guys wanted to go; two others had to be convinced it was a good idea. One was a seasoned hiker and was physically ready. The others did their best to “train” and approached the walk with […]

February 02, 2018 by Tom Adams
Categories: Nature and spirituality and Pilgrimage. Tags: camino and pilgrimage. Formats: Article and Friday Blog.

Deepening Our Ability to Hear

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Scripture provides no definite age for Samuel at the time of his call. He is called “a boy.” Yet even at this young age, Samuel paid attention. His heart was “awake” even as he slept. One night, in the shrine at Shiloh where he lived under the care of […]

January 01, 2018 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Contemplative Living, Contemplative Spirituality, Continuous Prayer, and Prayer. Tags: Samuel. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

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 […]

The Everlasting Source

Today’s post is by Clair Ullmann Your physical attributes, like your body, are merely borrowed. Do not set your heart on them, for they are transient and only last for an hour. Your spirit in contrast is eternal: your body is on this earth, like a lamp, but its light comes from that everlasting Source above. ~Rumi […]

January 01, 2018 by Clair Ullmann 1 Comment
Categories: Community, Contemplative Living, Nature and spirituality, Non-duality, and Self Compassion. Tags: nature, rumi, and snow. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

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.

The Both-And of Our Faith

Post by Mary van Balen I looked up the word “advenio” in my old Latin dictionary and found that, depending on how it’s used, the verb can mean “to draw near” or “to arrive.”  The noun, “adventus” is also translated as either “approach” or “arrival.” The season of Advent encompasses both. We wait. We celebrate […]

December 12, 2017 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Clergy & Congregation, Contemplation in Action, and Contemplative Living. Tags: Advent. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.