Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for spiritual joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and spiritual joy you have not yet begun to live.
I pray you take the time to know yourself. Sit down and spend a good amount of time looking at how your past affects your future, how your parents and siblings still shape your character, and how your society has molded you into the person you are today. Ask yourself who you would be without all of that, because that, my dear friend, is who you really are. You are the person underneath all of that. You are a child of God.
I would like to share with you a conversation between myself and Rich Lewis. Rich is a contemplative practitioner and teacher of Centering Prayer based out of Pennsylvania. We have often written on each other's blogs. I did an interview on his site Silence Teaches which you can find here and he wrote one … Continue reading Prayer Ropes and How They Help Us Pray
Children always learn more from what we do and how we are then what we tell them or make them do. If they see silence as a meaningful experience that adults partake in they will want to be like us. If we model contemplation for our children then they will come to it naturally
I personally believe that contemplation is an act of creation. We are co-creating with God a temple within ourselves. I love language and so I like to pull apart words and discover the cultural wisdom of those who came before us hidden inside them...
I would like to share with you a guest post by Amy Panetta. I first encountered Amy when I listened to her podcast, The Celtic Feminine Podcast. I wanted to learn more about Brigid from a historical and academic perspective and also a perspective more in line with folk wisdom and longing. Amy seems to … Continue reading Brigid: Goddess, Saint, and Bridge
I would like to share with you a guest post from Bob Holmes. Bob writes as The Contemplative Monk, you might be familiar with his Facebook page by the same name. He also writes on his blog, contemplativemonk.com. In this post Bob talks about sacred spaces and how we can make something holy out of … Continue reading Creating a Sacred Place: Tending the Threshold
When the darkness of time clouds my vision And leaves damp and withered roses on my doorstep I cannot help but frantically search behind the veil of reality In hopes of finding something more meaningful Than the tired old song my clock sings every day Time is a burden imposed on mortals It is the … Continue reading In Lament of Time
I think that if there is one single quality we should work to instill in our children it is empathy. There is nothing more valuable to the human soul, there is nothing more crucial to the betterment of human society, there is nothing which can replace it and nothing which can take away from it.
Every single moment I get to experience the idea that I am not an isolated and tiny creation that is isolated from the rest of the universe. The most basic biological process is one which reminds me that my boundaries are permeable and temporary. I am so intimately connected to something Great, and it breathes in me.