Tag Archives: Lara Naughton

The Compassion Adventure

In times such as these, when xenophobia, (fear of the stranger who doesn’t look exactly like me), is rampant, when little children are caged to punish their parents for seeking asylum from war, when women and gay people and people … Continue reading

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I want more…

I want more than the experience of mindfulness these days. I want heartfulness: loving-kindness and compassion as the focus of my life and contemplative service. I have been in several mindfulness retreats in 2018, and many over the years. So … Continue reading

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How Advent Actually Happens in Cold, Dark, Desperate Places: Compassion Cultivation at Angola

“Desperate” is defined as “involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with.” Synonyms for “Advent” include “arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, occurrence, dawn, birth, rise, development.” Compassion warriors show up in desperate … Continue reading

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 14

I was in prison today with 25 men and one woman, at Angola to be exact. All around Louisiana there are mothers crying because the sons they raised made a terrible decision in their youth and landed in Angola for … Continue reading

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“Okay, I guess I will let you lick me on the neck.”

That’s what Rocky the dog said to Fury the cat. And he continued: “It feels like compassion, and I could use some compassion about now.” In this way two pets became my teachers. Letting others have compassion for us, which helps … Continue reading

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We fell into stillness…

as Lara Naughton led us through self-compassion meditations last Saturday at our cypress swamp property I refer to as Ecoutez! (meaning Listen! in French). Lara drew us into silence for guided meditations, then had us write our responses to a series of questions … Continue reading

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Presence

Seven of us were blessed to visit with Father Ephrem Arcement after the mass at St. Joseph Abbey near Covington, Louisiana, yesterday. He has been a friend of our School for Contemplative Living for years and has presented from books … Continue reading

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