This is part of a series on “Why Contemplation is Revolutionary.” If you want to start at the beginning, follow this link: The Archbishop and the Community Theologian. The other day, I wrote this about contemplation: It’s really just practice in a new way of seeing. ”Simply seeing things in a new light — this is what […]
I think a lot about the trend toward more and more people identifying themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” I know this polarizes a lot of people — some churchgoers, even liberal ones like UCC Minister Lillian Daniel, dismiss this kind of spirituality as symptomatic of our culture of narcissism; while other folks, like Rabbi […]
As a general rule, I believe that meditation or contemplative prayer are best practiced in silence — which means no TV blaring in the background, no MP3 player churning out sound, no computer or stereo making noise within earshot. Even using a so-called white noise machine is, to me, at best a necessary evil: perhaps […]
My wife pointed me to this video. Well worth watching — and trying out.
There was a sense of freedom in knowing that I would never run out of room to grow. There was peace in knowing the race was over. Where I was right now was just where I should be, given the amount of effort I had expended. I saw the wake behind my boat for the […]
It’s Monday morning. For some of us, it’s the beginning of another hectic week. Others might be facing the challenge of looking for employment, or creating meaning and purpose in the face of retirement or long-term disability. Wherever your life’s journey might have taken you to reach this morning, I invite you to consider the […]
Silence is not an absence of noise (though that sort of silence helps) but a limitless interior space. Silence is our natural state. Lack of silence erodes our humanity. … Through intention we can teach our selves to default to silence; meditation is only a first and very minor step. — Maggie Ross, Writing the […]