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 »

Art as a Spiritual Path: An Interview

This is the second in a series of occasional interviews with people about their spiritual path.
The first can be found at www.drdavidgbenner.ca/meditation-contemplative-prayer/

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 »

Knowing Love

In 2003 I wrote a book that has generated more feedback and questions from readers than anything else I have ever written. This blog is my response to the question that I continue to be most asked about… Continue Reading »

Living from the Center

The French novelist, George Baranos, described sin as the patterned way of being in which we remain on the surface of life. Living on the surface is a great waste of life. Something in us remains asleep when… Continue Reading »

At an Impasse

Several years ago my wife and I were hiking an ever-narrowing canyon in Arizona when we got to a place that, although I had never been there before, was quite familiar to me. After being reduced to single… Continue Reading »

All in the Family

For many people, religious tolerance sounds an oxymoron. It is quite easy to understand why. God knows there have been more than enough examples of religionists who have spent their lives preaching hatred for those outside their own… Continue Reading »

Presence and Absence: 4

Because humans are hard-wired for presence we will always be vulnerable to absence.  Even Jesus knew this vulnerability. Nowhere was this more clearly expressed than in his cry of anguish from the cross when he sensed God having… Continue Reading »

Presence and Absence: 3

In my last blog I suggested that physical and psychological well-being are dependent on knowing presence at deep enough levels that we no longer require sensory verification.  Only very young children need to be able to physically see… Continue Reading »