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About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through Amazon.com; and of a blog on Wordpress.com, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (www.thescl.net), adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.

Living the mission: radiating compassion

Opportunities are abounding to share what I learned from the Compassion Institute’s teacher training program in the curriculum for Compassion Cultivation Training, (CCT), created at Stanford University by Thupten Jinpa, PhD, and the five wonderful women who serve as the … Continue reading

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Returning Citizens are not like we thought.

This week I learned that formerly incarcerated men who are participating in the reentry to society program are referred to as Returning Citizens. I really like that title. It has dignity in it. It focuses on what is happening now, … Continue reading

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A lawyer in compassion class sniffed enlightenment

He said he had just had a “weird, crazy” vision. But it wasn’t weird or crazy. He had just sniffed enlightenment. And even though the class was ending, he really needed to share his vision. It was like the reality … Continue reading

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Just out of prison, these men taught me,

with unexpected depth and clarity, about hard-won faith. I was invited to offer a first baby-step of mindfulness training with a group of formerly incarcerated men from the Louisiana State Prison at Angola. I was a little nervous that they … Continue reading

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Why does the global community make me so happy?

My Buddhist monk friend, Minh C. Nguyen, and his monk and nun friends dropped by Saturday morning. Welcoming them into our home, smiling into each other’s hearts, and walking the pier together through our cypress swamp retreat brought me great … Continue reading

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Heaven Now!

My contemplative friends know a way to visit heaven now. You could say we are impatient. We are not interested in waiting for heaven by and by. We do not care to imagine a world of staying in hell here … Continue reading

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“If I open my heart to you,”

said the flower to the bumblebee, “will it hurt? If I let you into the deepest part of me even though you are a stranger, and I treat you like a friend, will you still leave me in the end? … Continue reading

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