Examen of Consciousness

26 Dec, 2021
Examen of Consciousness St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556), founder of the Society of Jesus or Jesuits, proposed a daily exercise which he called the Examen of Consciousness or the Daily Examen—a ...

Love Upwelling

19 Dec, 2021
Love Upwelling Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:39), not “as much as you love yourself.” We are to love our neighbor in the same way we love ourselves. “We love because ...

Praying Unceasingly

11 Dec, 2021
Praying Unceasingly For Jesus, prayer seems to be a matter of waiting in love, returning to love, and trusting that love is the bottom stream of reality. Prayer isn’t primarily words; it’s ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Loving Your Enemy

21 Aug, 2021
Loving Your Enemy One of the hardest things to understand with the dualistic mind is Jesus’ command to love your enemy. “How can we love the Taliban, Al-Qaeda or ISIS (Islamic ...

Find Your Awe

16 Aug, 2021
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The Song of True Self

15 Aug, 2021
The Song of True Self Within us there is an inner, natural dignity. (You often see it in older folks.) An inherent worthiness that already knows and enjoys. (You see it ...

Rest in Stillness

12 Aug, 2021
Join acclaimed mystics scholar and final CONSPIRE presenter Mirabai Starr in this 11-minute practice to rest in stillness from the CONSPIRE 2018 conference. By holding our inhale, we can reconnect with ...