Turning to the Mystics is a podcast for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world.


Bonus: Richard Rohr & James Finley on Turning to the Mystics
February 8, 2020
In this bonus episode, Living School Faculty James (Jim) Finley and Kirsten Oates join Richard Rohr and Paul Swanson (Brie sadly wasn’t there!) in conversation about the contemplative journey, what it was like to be guided by Thomas Merton, Jim’s trauma work, and their new podcast with the CAC, Turning to the Mystics.


Introducing James Finley
February 8, 2020
On this introductory episode, Kirsten Oates introduces us to James Finley, our guide for this podcast. Together they explore the journey of Jim’s life and how turning to the mystics and leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Jim offers trustworthy guidance for the spiritual journey through programs with the Center for Action and Contemplation including this podcast, and online courses. Jim is the author of several books, including Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation. To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org