Category: Contemplative Journey

Three Mystical Lessons Learned During My Recovery From Alcoholism: Part 1: Power in Powerlessness

Twenty-seven months ago I underwent a spiritually transformative experience during my recovery from alcohol addiction. This opened me up to a whole new world of mystical spirituality. In less than 3 years, I have gone from suffering a maddening craving and obsession for alcohol to enjoying a depth of spirituality that has empowered remarkable spiritual growth and physical healing. It has also restored a childlike innocence in my relationship to God and the people around me. In this three-part series, I will be sharing three lessons I learned during my recovery.

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The Contemplative Path

The contemplative path is both ascent and descent. It is a movement of love in our inmost self allowing us to grow in awareness of our inner egoic tendencies that keep us from manifesting divine love in the world. We usually come to a place of accepting this process after what Franciscan author Richard Rohr calls necessary suffering.

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A Radical Transformation: Dante, The Wound & The Contemplative Journey

In this mini course based on the acclaimed book Dante’s Road: The Journey Home For The Modern Soul, we engage with the timeless wisdom of one of the greatest poems of all time, The Divine Comedy from 14th century Italian poet Dante Alighieri, read as a map of the soul’s journey home to God, and as an access point to the perennial tradition of world contemplatives.

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Into The Gloom: Another Part Of The Journey

At breakfast with a friend recently, we talked about some of the challenges of parenting young children. He has a four year old and our family has different children in the house as we wrap up requirements for foster-adoption.

Beyond the obvious challenges of taking care of practical matters like feeding and naps, negotiating parenting styles, and lack of sleep (our son didn’t sleep through the night consistently until the age of four), there’s another subtler factor that drains energy.

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Aspirations to Perceive Goodness & Establish a Wholesome Society for the Benefit of All

Shambhala Warriorship was first introduced in the West by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the late 1970s. It represents his desire to teach the basic principles of meditation within a secular training program. These same principles are carried forward today within Shambhala Buddhism. Learn more about the Shambhala Path here. This post acts as a statement of the Shambhala Warrior’s aspirations.

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