Tag Archives: Monks in the World

The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere! Episode 11

In forming our contemplative communities, we explored a vision, (“What is our ideal of how the world should be?”), and a mission, (“What steps shall we take toward accomplishing that vision?”). We began with a vision of the world as … Continue reading

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I’m in a wild place

I’m in a wild place that I love, seeking the Wild Divinity and feeling the brush of her fingers across my hair as I canoe beneath the branches of a cypress tree in the Honey Island Swamp. I am done … Continue reading

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I’m in a Swamp, by William Thiele, messy contemplative

I’m in a swamp, on a Saturday morning, and my sign is calling to me: “Ecoutez!” It’s a French command to “Listen!” I am trying to listen. I am two hundred feet from land, surrounded by water, cypress trees, the … Continue reading

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How to heal from nastiness

The wounding of our collective psyches from the nasty political debates can begin today with lovingkindness practices. Recently, Rabbi Rami Shapiro lead participants in our School for Contemplative Living through an exercise in drawing the image of God on each … Continue reading

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Mindfulness is not enough

Mindfulness of what is before us, around us, and within us is a great gift and skill to help us through stressful times. But mindfulness is not enough. Let’s use the beautiful Chihuly blown glass exhibit pictured above as an … Continue reading

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Help me

One of my hardest tasks in life is asking for help. Number one, I am often unaware of needing help, (a most unusual form of denial). Number two, when I sense a need, I hint. It is usually your job … Continue reading

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Living in Alignment

Much of our stress, according to Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, is “determined by the distance between our authentic values and how we live our lives.” When we are not living in alignment, the streetcar of our lives starts to slide … Continue reading

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