Tag Archives: Mind

The Wisdom of Contemplation

Mind, Body, Heart The Wisdom of Contemplation  Wednesday, February 19, 2020 We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. . . . Prayer is the opening of mind and heart—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Through grace we open our… Continue Reading The Wisdom of Contemplation

Developing a Wise Presence

Mind, Body, Heart Developing a Wise Presence Tuesday, February 18, 2020 CAC Faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault shares how Three-Centered Awareness—heart, mind, and body—allows us to be fully present to ourselves, our lives, and God.   When a person is poised in all three centers, balanced and alertly there, a shift happens in consciousness. Rather than being trapped in our usual mind, with its… Continue Reading Developing a Wise Presence

Our Three Intelligences

Mind, Body, Heart Our Three Intelligences  Monday, February 17, 2020 After her theological training and ordination in the Episcopal tradition, my friend Cynthia Bourgeault has spent much of the last two decades teaching the Wisdom tradition in a Christian context. You are about to read something that it took me most of my life to begin to… Continue Reading Our Three Intelligences

A Way of Being

Mind, Body, Heart A Way of Being Sunday, February 16, 2020 Wisdom is not the result of mental effort. It cannot be gained through intellectual study. Even life experiences do not make us wise if we don’t process them humbly and consciously. Sadly, most of us were never taught how to do that, which is why so few older people are true elders, with any wisdom to pass on to the next generations.  … Continue Reading A Way of Being

God Cannot Be Thought

Knowing and Not Knowing God Cannot Be Thought Thursday, January 30, 2020 Augustinian priest Fr. Martin Laird is an author, retreat leader, and professor of early Christian studies at Villanova University. He is a gifted teacher who makes the history and practice of Christian contemplation accessible to people of all backgrounds. Here he relates the insights of The Cloud of Unknowing to the writings of St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430), the great theologian and bishop.    The fourteenth-century author… Continue Reading God Cannot Be Thought

Growing in the Divine Likeness

Image and Likeness: Summary Growing in the Divine Likeness Friday, December 28, 2018 Today I share more from Tilden Edwards as he emphasizes the importance of lowering the mind into the heart in order to grow in likeness to God. My interpretation of the early Christian desert elders’ over-encouragement of allowing the mind to sink… Continue Reading Growing in the Divine Likeness

Listening as Divine Likeness

Image and Likeness: Summary Listening as Divine Likeness Thursday, December 27, 2018 Tilden Edwards is a dear friend, who is also an Episcopal priest and co-founder and Senior Fellow of The Shalem Institute. I’d like to close this year’s theme, Image and Likeness, with portions of an article he wrote for CAC’s journal Oneing: Some… Continue Reading Listening as Divine Likeness

Open Heart, Mind, and Body

Contemplation: Week 1 Open Heart, Mind, and Body Sunday, December 9, 2018 We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. . . . Prayer is the opening of mind and heart—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Through grace we… Continue Reading Open Heart, Mind, and Body

Listening to Our Body

Human Bodies: Week 1 Listening to Our Body Thursday, April 5, 2018 Though we began our lives immersed in unitive, kinesthetic knowing, very quickly we begin to see the distinctions and divisions in the world. As a toddler, I learned: “I am not my mother. My mother is not me.” The developing ego sees by… Continue Reading Listening to Our Body

Bodily Knowing

Human Bodies: Week 1 Bodily Knowing Wednesday, April 4, 2018 (50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.) If you lose hope, somehow you lose that vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of all. And so today I still… Continue Reading Bodily Knowing

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