Learning To Sit With Not Knowing

Today’s Special Video Blog is by Carrie Newcomer, the recipient of Shalem’s 2019 Contemplative Voices Award on October 27! “Learning To Sit With Not Knowing” from “The Point of Arrival”   “Abide” by Carrie Newcomer and Parker Palmer from “A Permeable Life”   “Room At The Table” from “A Permeable Life”

Discernment as Responsible Love

Article by Rose Mary Dougherty, October 2019 eNews How can I be sure that I am doing God’s will? How do I know that what I discern is really what God wants and not just what I want? How can I be certain that I’ll make the right decision? These are the questions most frequently […]

A Beautiful Soul

Today’s blog is by Ernest Yau. “The meaning of earthly existence lies not, as we have been used to thinking, in prospering… but in the development of the soul.” (Alexander Solzhenitsyn) As I gaze at him, every inch an ordinary man, I spot something extraordinary: an alive body, a surrendering mind and a loving heart. […]

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.

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.

When love awakens in your life,
it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.

~John O’Donohue

A new command I give you:
Love one another.

~Jesus

 

Categories: Love. Tags: gospel, Jesus, and love. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote.

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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Say yes to each new, unexpected
manifestation of love.

~James Finley

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We were loved
from before
the beginning.
~Julian of Norwich

 

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Categories: Contemplative Spirituality and Love. Tags: Julian of Norwich, love, and quote. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote.