Archive for Friday Blog

The Gift of Sabbath Time

Instead of seeing Sabbath time as a period to do spiritual activities, perhaps it’s a time to just enjoy God. If during that time there’s a leading to do something contemplative, that may be okay, but only if it’s being done out of love and not a sense of urgency or accomplishment.

Children, Chaos, and Contemplation

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef

There is never a dull moment at our house. My wife and I have four children—amid the flurry of homework assignments, birthday parties, sibling spats, and dinnertime squabbles—there’s a lot of constant noise and movement.

One of the delightful things about having young children is their unbridled enthusiasm and overwhelming energy. They are fully present, without a sense that there is anything else to be. They are fully in the moment. This is a gift of being a child, not being weighed down by thoughts of the future, or by a sense of responsibility, or worry. They are right here, right now.

The downside is that everything is so important, and when something doesn’t go their way, right now, it’s reason for complaining, crying, sometimes even—panic. Spilling milk really is something to cry over. A favorite toy breaking feels like the apocalypse. Even as I write this there is fighting in the sandbox. (Don’t worry – we have plenty of moments of calm and laughter as well in our household!)

I long as a parent to be able to maintain an inner calm amid all this outer chaos and confusion. I find that I very seldom am able to cultivate that on the spot. It is something I need to consciously develop in other moments, so that when the chaos comes, I have a reserve of calm from which to draw. It might be a daily time of prayer and silence, a quiet walk outside, Scripture reading, or some other practice.

Grounded in Love: Creative Leadership for Our Times

Today’s post is by Margaret Benefiel 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 […]

Embraced by the Earth

Today’s post is by Anita Davidson Memories of my childhood are very incomplete and foggy, except for a few. As Earth Day approaches, one of them keeps recurring and the memory isn’t just in my mind. It’s deeply visceral. So much so that I feel compelled to write it down. I was born and raised […]

April 04, 2018 by Anita Davidson
Categories: Nature and spirituality, Non-duality, and Prayer. Tags: awakening, God, and mountains. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

A Harmonic of Love

Today’s post is by Stuart Higginbotham Some two years ago, I guided my parish through the search process to find a new Director of Music and Organist. We gathered one night in the choir room to share time with the remarkable human being who is now our Director of Music. During the choir rehearsal time, […]

March 03, 2018 by Stuart Craig Higginbotham 1 Comment
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: 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.

Iona Musings

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef Not I—not anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it yourself. ~Walt Whitman A slight wind sweeps over the rocky hill, a cool relief after my quick walk and brief climb. Shoes off, I lean back on the grassy spot I’ve claimed and look around […]

February 02, 2018 by Bryan Berghoef 1 Comment
Categories: Body Prayer, Nature and spirituality, and Pilgrimage. Tags: Iona. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

From Where Do We Live?

Today’s post is by Tilden Edwards From where do we live? We can answer this question in many ways. I suggest here three primary “places” inside us from which we can live that may help us to recognize and choose our spiritual heart in the many different situations of our lives. I think they are […]

February 02, 2018 by Tilden Edwards
Categories: Contemplative Living and Prayer. Tags: spiritual heart. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and eNews Article. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.