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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 20

Holding space for the Sacred to appear is an art which can be learned through teachers around us. Children make some of the best teachers in this art. Even infants and toddlers can be masters in awakening to the wonder … Continue reading

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 9: Holding Sacred Space in Community

I believe Thomas Merton was exactly right that the spark of the Divine, the “pure glory of God,” and the “pure diamond blazing” are in everyone. Because God is in all of us we can also find the gate of … Continue reading

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Contemplative Group Spiritual Direction

Every week participants in our interfaith School for Contemplative Living gather for contemplative practice and faith sharing. What happened today is a good example of a typical day in the life. Eight of us gathered for a sacred yoga experience … Continue reading

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Giraffes in our faces

We were in the Audubon Zoo on a platform fifteen feet in the air when the tallest two giraffes came around the corner, pushed their faces into ours, and put out their tongues to eat some carrots from our hands. … Continue reading

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Contemplative Mountain Biking?

Of course there are many forms of contemplative practice, and people in our School for Contemplative Living have practiced many of them. But wait, could even something as wild and exhilarating as mountain biking possibly be contemplative? The answer, it … Continue reading

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The Majesty

In the darkness of the early morning hours on this mountain, I arose to sit in silence, again. During the morning meditation we call centering prayer, silence turned to song. I did not ask for a song. I did not … Continue reading

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A Mountain Morning

The silence on this ridge facing Grandfather Mountain is profound. At 6:15 a.m. I rise with no other purpose than simple being. There is no morning light yet. I wait for the earth to turn a bit further around in … Continue reading

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