Reflections on Openness, Contemplation, and Love

Today’s post is by Tom Adams I was eager to attend the Gerald May Seminar on the Compassion of the Mystics with Bernard McGinn. Since embracing the practice of centering prayer a couple of years ago, my interest in love and how love grows has been front and center. I figured compassion and love were […]

November 11, 2018 by Thomas Adams
Categories: Contemplative Living and Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: compassion and mystics. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

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 […]

Compassion through Contemplation

Article by Catherine Kerr (featured in November 2017 eNews) Compassion means to understand another’s pain at such a deep level that it’s like feeling it yourself. Many mentors have told me over the years that the essence of pastoral ministry is connection and presence, being with. One seminary professor liked to say that the most […]

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: […]

Deep Interconnection in this Election Season

by Patience Robbins, excerpted from a Wednesday Election Guided Prayer Session (in November eNews) “Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the Earth is our mother, this we know. The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected, like the blood which unites […]

Lord, grant that I
may seek more
to understand
than to be
understood.
~St. Francis

 

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Categories: Contemplative Spirituality and Love. Tags: child, compassion, and understanding. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

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.

Shame Sandwich

Every once in a while, we find ourselves making a Shame Sandwich. You know the kind. Usually it starts out with a layer of “bad.” Something we feel badly about like being late, or forgetting a birthday, or leaving that cup of coffee in the microwave for three days. Then, the next thing you know, we add a layer of shame, guilt, worry, and sometimes fear. Of course, we load up on the mayonnaise and maybe even add some old, familiar stale story bread. Then, we get to serve ourselves, a good old Shame Sandwich.

Seeing When It’s Not Pretty

It is his feet I notice first. My mind right away says, homeless. It is uncomfortable to see, but something in me says don’t turn away, stay with your feelings, don’t opt out.

I am on the Metro early this November morning on my way to catch an Amtrak train from DC to NC to lead a retreat. The train is business day pack-full. I am standing and practically hovering over a slumped, trying-to-slumber figure—a man or woman, I can’t immediately tell.

The feet and ankles are unrecognizable, so grossly swollen and riddled with marks resembling rotten wood. I think these must be crazy tights, but no, the toenails tell otherwise.

This is not easy to write and I imagine for you not easy to read. But please stay with me.

Draining the Pond

I was delighted to see I had a view of the pond. Through brightly colored leaves, I caught a glimpse of water shimmering below. Ah, the pond! Still water, reflecting clouds and sun, holding leaves aloft – oranges and yellows, sky blue, greyish white and dark green.