Now is the Time for Deep Inner Listening

I gave up watching weekday television for Lent. I noticed that I was watching too much. I compassionately observed myself one week and discovered that my daily schedule revolved around television programs. I tuned in to an early morning show and it became my company for breakfast. Next I would arrange lunch for around 2:00 […]

This is a Time for Contemplatives

Amidst the turbulence, conflict and great uncertainty in our country and world, I struggle daily to remember and live what I know from my many years as a contemplative. I notice that I can easily feel anxious, fearful and helpless. I notice that I continue to search for an understanding of what is happening and […]

Heartless Solitude

“Solitude is the furnace of transformation.” Henri Nouwen The day began at 4:00 am with a five-hour bus trip to the state capital, Albany, NY, with 70 other people. By 10:00 am we joined close to 1,000 other activists, allies, and survivors pursuing justice for those placed in solitary confinement up to 24 hours a […]

Reflection on Contemplation and Race: A Letter

By Fay C. Acker When I was a child, I used to sit in the living room in a little alcove formed by the piano and the television, writing letters to God. I gave the letters to my mother, quite sure they would be mailed, received, and read with all my questions: “God, where do […]

We Belong to Each Other

Today’s post is by Savannah Kate Coffey There is no denying we live under the constant threat of violence. Sunday night, a celebratory Las Vegas landscape was instantly disfigured into carnage. Terror is its own particular brand of horror, causing pain indiscriminately and without warning. Individuals have the power to destroy, but individuals also have […]

October 10, 2017 by Kate Coffey 1 Comment
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality, Loss, Love, and Non-duality. Tags: beauty, Las Vegas, and suffering. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

The Gift of Contemplative Awareness

Today’s post is by Liz Ward “In God we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 Voices on television, computers and in newspapers expose us to heartbreaking tragedies all over the world; taking in even a tiny fraction of the pain and suffering of creation can seem overwhelming. We see images of pain and […]

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.

Silence, Seeing, Solidarity, Salaam

Last fall I was in Iraqi Kurdistan with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). CPT has been a peaceful presence in Iraq since 2002, first from Baghdad and since 2006 from Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, at the invitation of and in solidarity with local people of peace.

To see what makes for peace is to know when to break silence and when to be silent in solidarity with suffering people seeking salaam. Contemplatives know that we see and speak from our heart and head.

The Healing Power of Presence, A Visit with Henri Nouwen

When Henri Nouwen visited Shalem, Lin Ludy recorded the discussion, which we think offers timely thoughts on healing presence and joy during this holy season. After Shalem’s Friday morning meditation on healing, Henri Nouwen joined in the discussion.  Here are some things he shared: Our presence becomes truly healing when we trust in that presence.  […]

January 01, 2009 by Lin Ludy
Categories: Contemplative Living, Contemplative Spirituality, and Continuous Prayer. Tags: Henri Nouwen, joy, pain, and suffering. Formats: Article.