LEAVING OUR MINDS, COMING TO OUR SENSES

Awakening always involves leaving our minds and coming to our senses. Awareness is the dynamic engine that drives this process. Awareness draws us into our bodies, puts us in touch with inner and outer realities, and mobilizes us… Continue Reading »

THE THREAD OF LIFE

You may not have noticed it but there is a thread that runs through your life. It weaves through the parts of your story that change but it doesn’t change. In fact, it holds all those parts together…. Continue Reading »

Gazing on Art as Therapy

Alain de Botton has done it again. When he turned his creative attention to religion, his book, Religion for Atheists, scandalized his fellow atheists but gave us all a chance to think afresh about the value of religion…. Continue Reading »

Finding God in All Things: An Interview

This is the third in a series of occasional interviews with people about their spiritual journey. Previous blogs in this series can be found by entering “Interview” in the search box. Irene Alexander is a mother and grandmother… Continue Reading »

What Brings You Life?

One of the things I am always interested to discover when I talk with people about their journey is their most important life practice. By this, I don’t mean something they feel they should do but what they… Continue Reading »

Silence

Silence plays a uniquely important role in any deep engagement with oneself, others, life, or the transcendent. Consequently, people on a journey from the surface of life to those deeper places often ask me questions about it –… Continue Reading »

Heartfulness

Interest in meditation has introduced many in the West to an extremely valuable spiritual practice – mindfulness. However, there is another closely related practice that I think is at least important but needs more attention and understanding. I… Continue Reading »

Action and Contemplation

Notice the first image that comes to mind when you think of the word contemplation.  Possibly it is a monk fingering prayer beads and slowly walking the cloisters of a monastery.  Or maybe it is someone sitting in… Continue Reading »

Learning from the Mystics

Most Christians find the mystics somewhat . . . let’s say, mystifying.  Their language often makes it hard to identify with them, their lifestyle seems out of sync with modernity and their message simply doesn’t seem relevant to… Continue Reading »

Meditation and Contemplative Prayer: An Interview

Dr. Donald Woodside is a recently retired psychiatrist with whom I worked closely for many years. But more than that, he has been a valued friend and spiritual companion. His spiritual journey draws together Christian faith with Buddhist… Continue Reading »