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Contemplation: Week 1 Summary

Contemplation: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, December 9-Friday, December 14, 2018 Contemplation is an exercise in openness, in keeping all three spaces open: heart, mind, and body. (Sunday) Contemplation is the highest expression of [human] intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. —Thomas Merton… Continue Reading Contemplation: Week 1 Summary

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

Mindfulness

Taoism and Buddhism Mindfulness Friday, August 24, 2018 Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.  —Thich Nhat Hanh [1] Thich Nhat Hanh, the beloved Buddhist monk, explores the meaning of the… Continue Reading Mindfulness

Creativity: Weekly Summary

Creativity Summary: Sunday, June 3-Friday, June 8, 2018 The “mind of Christ” is a different way of knowing, and you can recognize it by its gratuity, open-endedness, compassion, and by the way it is so creative and energizing in those who allow it. (Sunday) The contemplative stance is the Third Way. We stand in the… Continue Reading Creativity: Weekly Summary

Faith and Belief: Weekly Summary

Faith and Belief Summary: Sunday, July 16-Friday, July 22, 2017 “Could Christians migrate from defining their faith as a system of beliefs to expressing it as a loving way of life?” —Brian McLaren (Sunday) “By defining itself as a settled system of beliefs, Christianity . . . became a leash or a locked door impeding… Continue Reading Faith and Belief: Weekly Summary

An Open and Growing Heart

Faith and Belief An Open and Growing Heart Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Like “prayer,” “religion,” and so many other words, the word “faith” means different things to different people. As we recover the lost tradition of contemplation, here are some clarifications for what I mean by “faith” and why, understood in a nondualistic way, faith… Continue Reading An Open and Growing Heart

Be Receptive (or Be Open)

The Beatitudes Be Receptive (or Be Open) Sunday, April 16, 2017 This week Cynthia Bourgeault, one of CAC’s core faculty members, reflects on Jesus’ eight blessings given in his Sermon on the Mount. If you were raised Christian, you are probably familiar with the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). They’re one of most commonly memorized texts in… Continue Reading Be Receptive (or Be Open)

Intention

Centering Prayer Intention Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Guest writer Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring the contemplative practice of Centering Prayer. “Centering Prayer is not done with attention but with intention,” Thomas Keating repeatedly reminds us. Unlike other methods of meditation, Centering Prayer does not furnish an object for your attention—whether it be repeating a mantra, following… Continue Reading Intention

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