Take a look at some of our favorite resources for contemplatives in the online space:
Richard Rohr OFM is one of the most well-known teachers and authors of the contemplative perspective, manifesting a mature spirituality with characteristic boldness, directness, and precision. He founded his Center for Action and Contemplation in Albequerque, New Mexico, and offers a treasure trove of books, teachings, and courses. His team has the most robust online presence of any contemplative author, providing daily posts on social media. A prolific author, a few of his many books are The Naked Now: Learning to See As the Mystics See, Immortal Diamond, Falling Upward, and Breathing Under Water. Center for Action and Contemplation’s Facebook and Twitter.
TRAPPIST MONK THOMAS KEATING’S CONTEMPLATIVE OUTREACH AND CENTERINGPRAYER.COM
Father Keating has been instrumental in spreading contemplative practices beyond the walls of the monasteries and reclaiming this vital and dynamic dimension of the Christian tradition. His books Open Mind, Open Heart, An Invitation To Love, and The Mystery of Christ are a kind of trilogy of contemplative spirituality.
Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest and world-renowned speaker, teacher, and writer on contemplative practice. She is the author of Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening and The Wisdom Jesus, among many others.
A lay Cistercian, McColman writes one of the most popular blogs on the contemplative life, and is the author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Befriending the Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality.
Abbey of the Arts with Christine and John Valters Paintner
Christine Valters-Paintner holds a PhD in Christian Spirituality from Graduate Theological Union, is a Benedictine Oblate and online abbess for the Abbey of the Arts. She is the author of Soul of a Pilgrim and The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom
Dr. David G. Benner's Blog
Dr. Benner is a Canadian psychologist, professor and author on spiritual development. A prolific author, his books include the widely known The Gift of Being Yourself, and Spirituality and the Awakening Self. Dr. Benner also founded the Cascadia Living Wisdom School to help cultivate whole-person attentiveness and wisdom. He is also very active and engaged on social media. Dr Benner’s Facebook and Twitter.
David Steindl-Rast’s Gratefulness.org
With a PhD in Experimental Psychology, this Viennese Benedictine has been active in Zen-Christian dialogue for many decades. He is the author of Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer. Click here for his TED talk.
Ordinary Mystic is the blogging home of Mark Longhurst. It is also a community site featuring the work of other "ordinary mystics" who juggle jobs, families, and commitment to the nexus of contemplation and action. Mark is the pastor of First Congregational Church in Williamstown, MA. He read lots of books at Harvard Divinity School, worked for numerous social justice organizations in Boston, and found his soul set afire by encountering the mystics through the work of Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation's Living School. The Living School community and its three core faculty (Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and James Finley) are the inspiration for the site.
This blog is dedicated to the Anglo-Catholic Church worldwide; to my two heroes: Evelyn Underhill and Bernard McGinn
Amos Smith is a United Church of Christ pastor and author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots. he is co-authoring a book with Richard Lewis entitled Dynamic Union: Historical Jesus and Cosmic Christ due out in 2017. Richard is very active on social media on behalf of Amos Smith and RCMR. Richard Lewis’s Facebook and Twitter; Amos Smith’s Facebook and Twitter.
Richard Lewis is a contemplative practitioner and author, hard at work on an upcoming release entitled Jesus Paradox: The Heart of My Faith – Discovering the Dynamic Union of the Historic Jesus and Divine Christ. Richard is also available to teach Centering Prayer in churches and college settings. He posts regularly, including weekly reflections and book reviews and is an active presence on behalf of contemplatives on social media.
We are all on journeys that take us beyond our borders and inform (and are impacted by) our spirituality. Sometimes our journeys are literal, but we journey in many other ways as well. We journey through careers, relationships, ups and downs, highs and lows. We journey through obstacles and toward accomplishments. We journey through seasons of life and formation. We journey from birth through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and eventually death. And as we traverse this terrain, we all ask the same essential questions, whether we know it or not:
Who am I?
Who is God?
Where is God?
What is the meaning of life—
In the bigger picture?
In the day-to-day?
What makes me come alive?
What do I long for?
These are Sacred questions, and when we ask them with intention and actively engage the search that burns within us, our journeys are transformed. These Sacred questions that guide us today have been the shared questions of humanity for thousands of years.
Welcome to The Wild Things of God: spiritual awakening in the modern world. I hope you enjoy it and come back often. This site is not only my digital playground, but also my attempt to share some resources and thoughts I've found helpful in the spiritual journey. It combines my blog (Jedi Life in the Real World) and numerous static pages (The Wild Things of God). My blog, of course, is my online journal, and wanders all over the place. I choose the name “Jedi Life in the Real World” as a metaphor for what spiritual warriorship means to me in real life. It's not swinging lightsabers, but the laser of self-examination, and not battling external foes, but the darkness of fear and hatred.
The pages on my site are loosely divided into sections on spirituality—mostly Christian mysticism (the wild things of God)—book reviews, movie reviews, poetry, and humor and wisdom. You could also say it's my exploration of the question: “After salvation, then what?” I'm still asking the question. If you're a serious seeker, I encourage you to find a teacher who embodies the answer.
The Love Serve Remember Foundation is dedicated to preserving and continuing the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass. The foundation facilitates the continuation of these teachings through Web casts, Private Heart 2 Hearts with Ram Dass, online courses and e-books, Words of Wisdom, a vast Media Library, and a Social Network all available on RamDass.org. In addition the Love Serve Remember Foundation sponsors retreats led by Ram Dass and featuring other esteemed spiritual teachers on Maui.
The Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the dissemination and exploration of materials relating to the myths, symbols, rituals, and art of the world’s religious and cultural traditions. To this end, the Society is the publisher of Parabola Magazine.
What is a Parabola?
A parabola is one of the most elegant forms in nature. Every path made by a thrown ball, every spout of water from a fountain, and every graceful arch of steel cables in a suspension bridge is a parabola.
The parabola represents the epitome of a quest. As stated in our first issue, it is “a curving line that sails outward and returns with a new expansion—and perhaps a new content, like the flung net of a Japanese fisherman.” It is the metaphorical journey to a particular point, and then back home, along a similar path perhaps, but in a different direction, after which the traveler is essentially, irrevocably changed.
Parabolas have an unusual and useful property: as in a satellite dish, all parallel beams of energy (e.g., light or radio waves) reflect on the parabola’s face and gather at one point. That point is called the focus. In a similar way, each issue of Parabola has its own focus: one of the timeless themes of human existence.
Teresa Blythe’s Patheos Blog: Spiritual Direction 101
Director of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction, Teresa Blythe is a long-time spiritual director, instructor, and author on spirituality. She is the author of 50 Ways to Pray: Practices from Many Traditions and Times.
Benedictine Monk Greg Richardson’s Strategicmonk.com
Greg is a criminal justice lawyer turned lay Benedictine based out of Pasadena, CA who helps lay people, leaders and organizations dive into questions of purpose and spirituality.
Benedictine Spirituality: Monasteries of the Heart Blog with Joan Chittister, OSB
Joan Chittister is a Benedictine nun, fierce advocate of contemporary issues of peace and justice, including equality for women and exploitation in the American Justice System. She is the author of many books, including In God’s Holy Light: Wisdom of the Desert Monastics and Between the Dark and the Daylight.
The Gravity Center
Phileena and Chris Heuertz are contemplative activists who help facilitate social change through Contemplative Retreats and Pilgrimage. Their site is full of fantastic resources for the contemplative path.
This site is a great resource for the late Indian-born Jesuit monk who pursued graduate work in Psychology in America. De Mello’s books include Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality and The Way To Love. Known for his enrapturing storytelling, depth of insight, and humor, his talks are also available on Youtube.
Ian Van Heusen: Christian Meditation | Lectio Divina
A contemplative and Catholic priest in Raleigh, North Carolina, Van Heusen writes thought-provoking and inspiring posts with an eye toward contemporary application to modern life.
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