Contemplate This - There is much frustration, anger and deep sadness. All of this fills our hearts and our minds. And I believe it will continue. In light of this, I was drawn to write this reflection as a "Back to School Review" — a review of the basics of contemplation.
Contemplate This explores the deepening dimensions of silence and contemplation.
Contemplate This - Breathe in the pain. Breathe out the gifts. I brought this contemplative practice to my prayer for sexual abuse victims — and then for the male clerical hierarchy as well.
Contemplate This - These past weeks, a number of things have happened in the United States that signal to me we are entering a critical soul-searching time as a nation. Can this be the moment to pause as a nation and enter the "space" that seems to divide us and converse with each other in new ways? Can we ask what our common humanity is trying to call forth in us? Can we reclaim the best of who we are as Americans and who we want to be in the future?
Standing in the national parks of Utah, surrounded by the work of billions of years, I was humbled by how short my life span is in comparison. I found evolution's artistry provided a perspective for me. What seems catastrophic during one epoch transforms into something beautiful entering the next phase of evolution.
As members of a contemplative community people often ask us, "What is contemplative prayer?" They say things like, "I have tried doing centering prayer, but it's not for me." Perhaps it will be helpful if I tell you about the practice I do.
Taking time to welcome spring awakens us to new possibilities and prepares us to embrace the difficult times we are living in.
Contemplate This - Jesus was a teacher. All those who chose to follow him were invited to see things differently. To wake up to what is really there. For me, that is the invitation to contemplation. Holy Week is a solemn time to take time. I'd invite you to make sitting in contemplation a priority during these days leading up to and following Easter.
Not since 1945 has Valentines' Day and Ash Wednesday fallen on the same day. I found myself intrigued by this. First, I remembered from my childhood how eager I was to see how many valentines I would receive and from whom and the weighty decision as to whom I would ask, "Would you be my Valentine?"
Many people make New Year's resolutions, so perhaps we could start the new year by contemplating a mandala in which "no one and no thing is excommunicated" — which could become the basis for a new orientation toward 2018.
At a time in our world when there is so much happening that brings sorrow to our hearts, it is important to pause and to contemplate the everyday incarnations that appear in our lives.
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