your pain is the breaking of the shell
that encloses your understanding.
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“This watching of our thoughts is probably the most effective way of managing our thoughts.”
- Mary Margaret Funk
At any moment you can choose to begin again.
Maybe you had a bad day.
Things did not go as you hoped they would.
Tomorrow you can begin again.
One of the challenges of the contemplative life is understanding the relationship between the contemplative dimension of life – the cultivation of an interior silence that radically changes how we perceive the world and the self-in-the-world – and the bare facts of the practical lives we find ourselves in.
Philosophers call it the phenomenal world.
More poetically, Eastern traditions have called it the ten thousand things.
-We workout at the gym for both strength and cardio work.
-We watch what we eat.
-We visit the doctor for our annual checkup.
-We wear a new pair of clothes.
“My mind wanders during Centering Prayer.”
I often hear many people say this.
Perhaps you need to change your sacred word.
Let me explain.
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The Contemplative Light Podcast
The Contemplative Light Podcast is like a warm and candid conversation between friends. Sometimes, it is Contemplative Light regulars, sometimes the guest is a surprise. You can subscribe on iTunes, and you can also check it out below.
I talk with Chris Luard about his life abroad, where he teaches meditation in Asia….
I talked to Chris Heuertz about the ideas in his book, The Sacred Enneagram. We go into detail, using my type (4) and his (8) as examples.
“Far more than a personality test, the Enneagram’s 9 profile types offer what author Chris Heuertz calls a sacred map to the soul. Lies about who we think we are keep us trapped in loops of self-defeat. But the Enneagram reveals both the nine ways we got lost, and the nine ways we find our way home to our True Self and to God.”
Michael talks to us about his journey from a traditionally religious background to contemplative spirituality. He shares some of the key touchstones that were pivotal in his transformation.