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5 Rules For A Contemplative On Social Media

As I browse through my social media feeds, my community is so often split down the middle. I see “conservative” posts from extended family afraid of moral decline. And I see “liberal” posts from friends, colleagues, and former classmates, angry about injustice and abuse of power. Occasionally, these threads cross when an argument breaks out and the insults and indignation begin.

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Contemplative Practices

Our focus is on contemplative practices for the individual, but the ultimate hope is that this transformation radiates outward into all facets of life to help open ourselves to the greatest extent possible. Here are some of the many available spiritual practices that Christian contemplatives, mystics, and monastics have drawn on over the centuries.

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Poetry Review: A Dream of Stones

There is a concept in Heidegger’s writing called Sein zum Tode, roughly translated as being unto death; it’s more an orientation than a concept. It’s a persistent awareness.

From that philosophical vantage point, life is given sweetness and poignancy, given meaning in ever-present awareness of its transience.

Since relocating to the West Coast of Ireland from the U.S., abbess, author, and poet Christine Valters Paintner has been immersed in Celtic spirituality, and her new collection of poems Dreaming of Stones, is an opportunity to follow her into that space as a kind of guide, but with the sensibility of a mystic.

Two Kinds of Magic Moment

One of my many privileges in life, and there are a lot of them, is to live in a place of great natural beauty. Accustomed to seasons of changing leaves, barren trees, snowfall, the budding, fragrant spring, and the majesty of a summer thundershower in my childhood in Germany, admittedly the low rate of seasonal change in California took some getting used to.

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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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Contemplative Psychology

Why Turning Tension Into a Problem To Be Solved Doesn’t Work (and What Does)

Often our immediate response to tension and other emotional complexes is to view them as problems that we need to solve…immediately! Critical thinking and problem solving are specialties of the rational mind. However, research indicates there are a number of reasons why approaching tension with critical thinking backfires on us, leaving us feeling more tense rather than less. In this post, I look at why our usual problem solving strategies can’t resolve tension and what does.

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The Meaning of Emptiness in Buddhism

Emptiness is a translation of the Sanskrit term shunyata. For Westerners, this term can create a lot of confusion. We tend to think of emptiness in negative terms. For instance, when we lose a loved one we might say we feel empty inside. In this short post, I explain what emptiness really is according to Buddhist philosophy and touch on its experiential aspect.

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