Tag Archives: Love

Many Paths to Contemplation

Conscious Parenting Many Paths to Contemplation Tuesday, June 25, 2019 After recently visiting Mexico and some of the refugee centers along the Texas border and seeing so many children and babies with their parents, I was reminded that contemplative Christianity’s rather monastic, solitary, silent approach just can’t be adequate to describe contemplation for most people.… Continue Reading Many Paths to Contemplation

Giving Ourselves

Conscious Parenting Giving Ourselves Monday, June 24, 2019 Can you let others convert you to the Love that you truly are? Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, in her book Nurture the Wow, asks: What is love, anyway? And what does it mean to love? . . . The feminist theorist bell hooks . . . claims [that… Continue Reading Giving Ourselves

A School of Love

Conscious Parenting A School of Love Sunday, June 23, 2019 Relationships are the primary school for love. For many people, parenting or care-giving serves as a container in which the soul, heart, body, and mind can grow. Each container is as unique as the individual who shapes it. Whether or not you are a parent,… Continue Reading A School of Love

Conscious Love: Weekly Summary

Conscious Love Summary: Sunday, June 16—Friday, June 21, 2019 In and with God, I can love everything and everyone—even my enemies. Alone and by myself, willpower and intellect will seldom be able to love in difficult situations over time. (Sunday) Conscious love is “love in the service of inner transformation”—or if you prefer, “inner transformation… Continue Reading Conscious Love: Weekly Summary

The Heart of the Universe

Conscious Love The Heart of the Universe Friday, June 21, 2019 Summer Solstice John Welwood (1943–2019) was an American clinical psychologist known for integrating Eastern and Western psychology and spirituality. In his books Love and Awakening and Journey of the Heart, he wrote about the lifelong challenge and gift of conscious, committed love, drawing insights… Continue Reading The Heart of the Universe

Love Is a Mirror

Conscious Love Love Is a Mirror Thursday, June 20, 2019 For true love is given to mirror and manifest God on earth, and not for self-realization and personal happiness. With the acceptance of those terms, the path comes into being. —Cynthia Bourgeault [1] Love is the ultimate reality. We can probably see this only through… Continue Reading Love Is a Mirror

Love the Contradictions

Conscious Love Love the Contradictions Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Struggling with one’s own shadow self, facing interior conflicts and moral failures, undergoing rejection and abandonment, all daily humiliations, experiencing any kind of abuse or form of limitation, can be gateways into deeper consciousness and the flowering of the soul—if we allow them to be. These… Continue Reading Love the Contradictions

Laying Down Our Life

Conscious Love Laying Down Our Life Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Cynthia Bourgeault continues reflecting on authentic love, distinguishing it from infatuation or romance. She begins by sharing insights from Scottish psychiatrist Maurice Nicoll (1884–1953), offering a basis for understanding union within the Gospel framework. Nicoll suggests that laying down one’s soul for our neighbor “is… Continue Reading Laying Down Our Life

Love in Service of Transformation

Conscious Love Love in Service of Transformation Monday, June 17, 2019 Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest and one of the Center’s core faculty members, calls Jesus’ teaching and way of life “the path of conscious love.” She writes: “Conscious love” . . . emphasizes the life-affirming and implicitly relational nature of the path, and the… Continue Reading Love in Service of Transformation

How We Love

Conscious Love How We Love Sunday, June 16, 2019 How we relate to someone we love . . . provides an extremely clear and accurate mirror of how we relate to ourselves. —John Welwood [1] Authentic love is of one piece. How you love anything is how you love everything. Jesus commands us to “Love… Continue Reading How We Love

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