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The Head Center

Enneagram Part Three: Head Center The Head Center Tuesday, March 10, 2020 My friend and Enneagram teacher Russ Hudson describes the Head Center, the final Intelligence Center of the Enneagram, in his own unique and “heady” way: Some of the Eastern religions, particularly Buddhism, did a very thorough investigation of the nature of the Head… Continue Reading The Head Center

Ways of Knowing: Weekly Summary

Ways of Knowing Sunday, February 9–Friday, February 14, 2020 God calls us to “not conform to the pattern of the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds” through relationship with those who see differently than we do (see Romans 12:2). (Sunday)  The vast majority of people throughout history have been poor, disabled,… Continue Reading Ways of Knowing: Weekly Summary

Naturally Indwelling

Action and Contemplation: Part One Naturally Indwelling Friday, January 10, 2020 Those who have gone to their own depths through contemplation uncover an indwelling Presence. Austrian philosopher Martin Buber (1878–1965) called this intimacy an “I-thou” relationship. It is a deep and loving “yes” to God and to life that is inherent within each of us.… Continue Reading Naturally Indwelling

Sacred Silence

Action and Contemplation: Part One Sacred Silence Thursday, January 9, 2020 Most of us who live in a capitalist culture, where everything is about competing and comparing, will find contemplation extremely counterintuitive. How do we grasp something as empty, as harmless, as seemingly fruitless as the practice of silence? Only when we know that it… Continue Reading Sacred Silence

Inner Silence

Action and Contemplation: Part One Inner Silence Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Silence is not the absence of being; it is a kind of being itself. It is not something distant, obtuse, or obscure of which only ascetics and hermits are capable. Most likely we have already experienced deep silence, and now we must feed and… Continue Reading Inner Silence

Silence, the Great Teacher

Action and Contemplation: Part One Silence, the Great Teacher Tuesday, January 7, 2020 It seems like our society is at a low point in terms of how we talk about challenging, controversial topics within our political discourse and even our church reflections. I believe the only way through this polarization is a re-appreciation for silence.… Continue Reading Silence, the Great Teacher

An Embarrassing Silence

Action and Contemplation: Part One An Embarrassing Silence Monday, January 6, 2020 When I first learned contemplation in my Franciscan novitiate, I was taught a practice of silent, wordless prayer. Over the decades, I have learned there are many paths to contemplation, myriad ways to access nondual consciousness. (The Saturday practices in the Daily Meditations… Continue Reading An Embarrassing Silence

Franciscan Way: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Franciscan Way: Part Two Summary: Sunday, October 6—Friday, October 11, 2019 This is the miracle of love: to discover that all creation is one, flung out into space by a God who is a Father, and that if you present yourself as [God] does, unarmed and peaceably, creation will recognize and meet you with a… Continue Reading Franciscan Way: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Meeting Christ Within Us: Weekly Summary

Meeting Christ Within Us Summary: Sunday, May 26—Friday, May 31, 2019 The goal of Christian spirituality is to recognize and respond to the continual interior movements of the Spirit, for the Spirit will always lead us toward greater union with Christ and greater love and service of God and others. —Richard Hauser (Sunday) So many… Continue Reading Meeting Christ Within Us: Weekly Summary

Perceiving Reality

Contemplation: Week 2 Perceiving Reality Tuesday, December 18, 2018 All forms of contemplation share the same goal: to help us see through the deceptions of self and world in order to get in touch with what Howard Thurman called “the sound of the genuine” within us and around us. Contemplation does not need to be… Continue Reading Perceiving Reality

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