Archive for Friday Blog

Virtual Spiritual Community

Today’s post is by Clair Ullmann Can you imagine living in an area where no one speaks your language well? Can you imagine living in an area where you are hours away from a place of worship and faith community that is familiar to you? What would you do to connect to a spiritual deepening […]

Sighing Through Song

Today’s post is by Jeff Nelson It’s different for everyone, yet all know this experience. A woman driving home after receiving good news at work finds an uplifting song on the radio that speaks to her newfound joy. A man back from a hard visit with his mother in the nursing home starts his Spotify […]

Deep Peace, Deep Love, Deep Joy

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins For awhile now I have had a deep yearning to empower young adults. As I see the state of our world, I am so concerned that they will be prepared and ready for what they will need to address. This is such a profound longing in my heart that I pray […]

Interdependence Days

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef Independence. It is a wonderful thing to be free of that which holds you back, presses you down, or even oppresses you. We are heading into a weekend in the U.S. in which parades, flags, fireworks and barbecues will all signal a corporate celebration of being free, of independence. […]

July 07, 2016 by Bryan Berghoef 2 Comments
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

A Willingness to Explore

Today’s post is by Jeff Nelson With just a few weeks left in my seminary career, my wife and I moved off campus and into an apartment a few miles away. We figured that it would be easier to have that step taken care of before graduation, so that we wouldn’t have to scramble to […]

May 05, 2016 by Jeff Nelson 1 Comment
Categories: Contemplative Living and Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: cat, exploration, kitten, moving, and practice. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Ilia Delio on Exploring the Cosmos [with video]

Excerpted from Ilia Delio’s Saturday morning lecture on April 30 One day, I was sitting in my little apartment in Washington DC, and I knew myself to be loved by God, and in that love, I felt myself really free. And so I didn’t have to look a certain way, or be a certain way. […]

Healing Prayer for the World

Today’s post is by Patience Robbins. The other day I found myself weeping over the state of our world. I felt deep grief and pain; I call it being heartsick. I felt moved to seek out another person so I could share this deep pain. As we sat together and I wept, I felt comforted. […]

May 05, 2016 by Patience Robbins
Categories: Contemplation in Action and Contemplative Living. Tags: compassion, grief, pain, struggle, and suffering. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Finding Still Water

Today’s post is by Leah Rampy He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul. -Psalm 23:2-3 Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night. Worry about the state of our world, the desire to untangle a difficult knot on behalf of a loved one, or anxiety about a mistake I’ve made […]

Flirting with Leadership

We were 25 women standing in a large circle, arms outstretched, only touching one another by our fingertips. In the center of the circle stood Flirt, a 1200 pound horse. It was our job to keep Flirt inside the circle. It was Flirt’s job to get out.

Guess who won.

Flirt gave one little flick of her eye, glanced around the circle and simply walked out underneath one pair of outstretched arms.

This was part of an exercise that uses horses to give feedback on leadership qualities. The setting was a large exercise barn at a horse farm in the Pennsylvania countryside. The horses were teaching us which behaviors encouraged their trust and what led them to bolt and run, which actions engendered confidence and what confused them. In other words, how to lead.

April 04, 2016 by Carole Crumley 2 Comments
Categories: Contemplative Leadership and Spiritual Deepening. Tags: farm, horses, leadership, and peace. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Nature Heals

Nature heals. Numerous articles have reported on research documenting various healing properties of nature. Those recovering from surgery heal faster and with fewer relapses when they see a tree instead of a brick wall from their hospital window. Residents in Toronto reported feeling better and having fewer health problems when there were more trees on their street. Gardeners were no doubt affirmed to hear that a strain of bacterium in the soil triggers the release of serotonin that in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Children who grow up on farms are less likely to develop asthma. The microbes in the soil beneath our feet contribute to our health by way of the foods we eat.

I find these studies fascinating; I love being reminded of the synergies of all living things. Still I wonder what more is possible.