Giving Thanks

28 Nov, 2021
Giving Thanks Many cultures and religions have a beautiful tradition of saying a prayer before or after a meal, expressing gratitude and asking for blessing. If we are accustomed to praying ...

Staying Grounded

21 Nov, 2021
Staying Grounded There are lists upon lists of things you can do to help the environment. You’ve read and perhaps tried many of them: reducing, reusing, recycling; walking, biking, or taking ...

Conversations with Nature

14 Nov, 2021
Conversations with Nature Although creation may be “wordless,” we can still dialogue with it as St. Francis did. Bill Plotkin suggests a practice of “talking across the species boundaries” in his ...

Moving Beyond Matter

6 Nov, 2021
Moving Beyond Matter Look around you and notice your surroundings at this moment. Let your eyes fall on some object—perhaps a candle, tree, rock, or creature. Simply observe the object, without ...

Making a Mandala

31 Oct, 2021
Making a Mandala Mandala, the Sanskrit word for circle, is a Hindu and Buddhist symbol for the universe. It represents the Whole of which we are a part. In Carl Jung’s ...

Falling and Failing into Love

24 Oct, 2021
Falling and Failing into Love In many ways prayer—certainly contemplative prayer or meditation—is planned and organized failure. If you’re not prepared for failure, you’ll avoid prayer, and that’s what most people ...

Boats on a River

17 Oct, 2021
Boats on a River Most people have never actually met themselves. At every moment, all our lives long, we identify with our thoughts, our self-image, or our feelings. We have to ...

Living Simply

8 Oct, 2021
Living Simply We discover simplicity in the silence of contemplative prayer. As we let go of thought and sensation, we reconnect with our Center, our source of abundance and enoughness. You ...

Ecstatic Dance

3 Oct, 2021
Ecstatic Dance In order to fully participate in the sacred dance, our hearts, minds, and bodies must all be present and open. Too often in the Western world, the body is ...

Kenosis

26 Sep, 2021
Kenosis The Trinity is unhindered kenosis or self-emptying, self-giving, holding nothing back. Jesus modeled such vulnerability and surrender: becoming human, serving the poor and the sick, and giving up his life. As Paul ...

Mirroring

19 Sep, 2021
Mirroring Contemplative knowing intuits things in their wholeness, with all levels of connection and meaning, and perhaps how they fit in the full scheme of things. Thus, the contemplative response to ...

The Virgin Prayer

10 Sep, 2021
The Virgin Prayer God regarded her in her lowliness.  —Luke 1:48 You must seek to be a blank slate. You must desire to remain unwritten on. No choosing of this or ...

Forgiveness

4 Sep, 2021
Forgiveness Let me clarify that by encouraging you to let go I am not suggesting you do away with all personal boundaries, that you condone injustice or cruelty. Contemplatives are not ...

Breath Prayer

4 Sep, 2021
Breath Prayers Breath Prayer is an ancient form of prayer and it is easily adaptable. Simply choose one or two lines to meditate on and inhale and then exhale through them. ...

The Welcoming Prayer

28 Aug, 2021
The Welcoming Prayer This is a form of contemplation—a practice of accepting paradox and holding the tension of contradictions—called The Welcoming Prayer. First, identify a hurt or an offense in your ...