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Being Present to Presence: Goal-Setting and the Spiritual Life

On retreat with Cynthia on Holy Isle, Scotland, June, 2017 “[Prayer]is a way of… living in awareness of the Presence, and even enjoying the Presence. The contemplative is not just aware of God’s Loving Presence, but trusts, allows, and delights … Continue reading

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All You Need is Love: The Body’s Natural Aptitude for Wisdom

Conscious walking and grounding practices in “Service, Society, and the Sacred.” “Helping the human family move toward the next step of human evolution in love is the most urgent and challenging task of contemporary spirituality….God wants creation to become fully … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Spiritual Community: The Franciscan Path of Contemplative Action

The statue of a war-weary St. Francis that stands outside of the famous basilica that bears his name in Assisi.  “What is the relation of [contemplation] to action? Simply this. He [or she] who attempts to act and do things for others … Continue reading

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Fear or Love: Meditation, Motivation and the Golden Tipping Point

Dear students, I frequently ask you to do spiritual practices in my religion classes and, regardless of the motive, most of you seem to benefit.  But in this entry, I’d like to turn the spotlight on the question of motivation … Continue reading

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Walking the Bodhisattva Path: Teaching Compassion on a China Orphanage Trip

Introduction What’s really real? Having brought hundreds of students to two nearby orphanages in southern China since 1995 with a plethora of memories – good news of adoption and connection along with tragic stories of separation and loss – I … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Meditation Five Years On: A Personal Reflection

Richard and Suzanne Friedericks and myself traveled to Assisi, Italy five years ago to do a spiritual retreat with our teacher Cynthia Bourgeault. Looking back on that time, I can now recognize the significant turning point in my life that … Continue reading

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Education’s Most Needed Reform: An Orientation to the Universe

This stunning image of the Buddha from the Golden Temple in Dambulla, Sri Lanka communicates the truth that spiritual growth is often associated with luminosity –  which I experienced, strangely enough, when grading my final World Religions papers earlier this … Continue reading

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