Tag Archives: School for Contemplative Living

“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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A Meditation to Save the World

In the middle of our group meditation it hit me: “What we are doing right now could save the world!” We were a group of eleven adults entering into a silent day retreat I call “The Heart of Mindfulness.” We … 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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A boy and his Creator

This painting captures the stance of the contemplative, and it is my stance. We watch and listen for the Presence. We stare straight into Reality. We welcome the whole, unfolding adventure, though we never know what is coming. We feel … Continue reading

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I’m enraptured

I’m enraptured by an image from a story shared with me this week by Sylvia, a long-term volunteer at Project Lazarus. In a meeting of residents, staff, and volunteers we heard the pain of what had been a rough weekend. Some residents were relapsing in … Continue reading

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The question of freedom

“The freedom question, then, is not whether we can do whatever we want, but whether we can do what we most deeply want.” Gerald May, The Awakened Heart I heard Gerald May make this point at a retreat for spiritual … Continue reading

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