Archive for 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.

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 […]

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.

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. […]

Spiritual Companions across the Centuries

Today’s post is by Margaret Benefiel “Rebuild my church.” God used these words from Francis of Assisi’s story to speak to me as I sat in prayer with two spiritual companions in Greensboro, North Carolina, after a heartbreaking disillusionment. I had left a job that I had thought was my dream job, my dream shattered. […]