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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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Waking Up to the Vertical Dimension: Initial Student Reflections on “Spiritual Explorations”

One of the first meetings of the new “Spiritual Explorations” team in spring, 2017. This entry shares the new SPEX curriculum that emerged from our collective work, the first unit that we have just completed, and an analysis of students’ … Continue reading

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“Dealing with the Accuser: Befriending Your Inner Critic” by Sangeeta Bansal and Marty Schmidt

All of us have a running stream of voices that direct critique inwards, which when well-managed can serve us well. However, for many students these voices become far too powerful, leaving them with low self-regard. In this blog entry guest … 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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Cultivating Heartfulness: A Practice to Develop Inner Awareness

Dear Students, Perhaps the most common truism taught about the spiritual life is the need to journey from the head to the heart. The ancient wisdom traditions of the world teach with one voice that we need to re-awaken the … 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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Stop, Breathe, and Be: Re-Envisioning the Practice of Prayer

“The Sanctuary,” a retreat center in Dublin, Ireland, provided the venue for my recent Mindfulness in Schools Program “Dot B” workshop, a secular mindfulness training course which paradoxically provided me with a new understanding of prayer. We did some of … Continue reading

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