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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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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 retreat

I’m in a retreat that I am leading and I start crying, because my heart is full of the love of God for these people, who I barely know, and we are coming Home together to a tender place in … Continue reading

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