Tag Archives: Cynthia Bourgeault

Mystical Hope

Joy and Hope Mystical Hope Friday, November 30, 2018 Cynthia Bourgeault, one of our core faculty members at the Center for Action and Contemplation, writes about the unshakable depths of hope: Must we be whiplashed incessantly between joy and sorrow, expectation and disappointment? Is it not possible to live from a place of greater equilibrium,… Continue Reading Mystical Hope

Unity in Differentiation

Love: Week 2 Unity in Differentiation Friday, November 9, 2018 Cynthia Bourgeault, one of CAC’s core faculty members, continues expanding on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s understanding of love as a creative force: We can look to our own hearts to tell us more about what Teilhard sees as the essence of the complexification/consciousness process—hence of… Continue Reading Unity in Differentiation

Self-Giving

Love: Week 1 Self-Giving Thursday, November 1, 2018 All Saints’ Day Divine love is compassionate, tender, luminous, totally self-giving, seeking no reward, unifying everything. —Thomas Keating [1] Every act of complete self-giving in the name of the fullness, even though you feel like you are isolated, ignored, unconnected, and meaningless, connects you immediately and becomes… Continue Reading Self-Giving

Renewal of Contemplative Christianity

Western Christianity Renewal of Contemplative Christianity Monday, September 17, 2018 In the 1950s and 1960s, Thomas Merton brought renewed interest to the contemplative tradition in the West. He became a Trappist monk and “left the world” for the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where he learned the lessons of contemplation and action. Merton was spiritual… Continue Reading Renewal of Contemplative Christianity

What Do You Want?

Perennial Tradition What Do You Want? Friday, August 3, 2018 A good gauge of spiritual health is to write down the three things you most want. If they in any way differ, you are in trouble. —Daniel Ladinsky, inspired by Rumi [1] Big Truth was manifest in reality itself before it was ever written in… Continue Reading What Do You Want?

Wisdom of the Heart

Politics: Week 2 Wisdom of the Heart Thursday, July 19, 2018 The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions. Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinions? —Terry… Continue Reading Wisdom of the Heart

The Law of Three

Creativity The Law of Three Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Today, Cynthia Bourgeault, a faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation, explores the profound metaphysical Law of Three. Understanding and consciously participating in this principle can help us welcome new, surprising resolutions that free us from our usual binary and oppositional way of operating… Continue Reading The Law of Three

Poetry

Art: Week 2 Poetry Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Before 500 BCE, religion and poetry were largely the same thing. People did not presume to be able to define the Mystery. They looked for words that could describe the Mystery. Poetry doesn’t claim to be a perfect description as dogma foolishly does. It’s a “hint half guessed,” to use T.… Continue Reading Poetry

Chant: Discovering Your Voice

Art: Week 2 Chant: Discovering Your Voice Monday, May 21, 2018 Chant is singing our prayers. Chant is vocal meditation. Chant is the breath made audible in tone. Chant is discovering Spirit in sound. —Robert Gass [1] My colleague, Center for Action and Contemplation faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault, sees the psalms as a powerful prophetic… Continue Reading Chant: Discovering Your Voice

Love Endures

Relationships Love Endures Wednesday, May 2, 2018 CAC core faculty member, Cynthia Bourgeault, beautifully describes growth in “conscious love” in her sermon, given at her daughter’s wedding. I hope you will find it quite profound, as I did. It’s easy to look at marriage as the culmination of love—the end point of the journey that… Continue Reading Love Endures

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