Father Albert (pronounced as the French al-BEAR)talks with me about his new book, his own spiritual journey, and the mystic path. Full of joyful ebullience, Father Albert speaks on Mother Theresa, the dark night of the soul, and the perceptions of people regarding the phrases "mystic," "contemplative," and "mindfulness."
The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and is a teacher for Northeast Wisdom and The Contemplative Society, non-profits rooted in the teaching lineage of Cynthia Bourgeault. Matthew lives with his wife, Yanick, alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY.
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.”
I talked with Phileena Heuertz, whose new book is out this month. Mindful Silence: The Heart Of Christian Contemplation presents a process-oriented framework of great value to Christians looking to deepen their spiritual lives. Phileena and her husband Chris (who will be on the podcast later this month) run the Gravity Center and give talks and retreats around the country.
Interview with Roy Hoagland, one of the students at the Living School who helped put together Barmen Today. Barmen Today, A Contemporary Contemplative Declaration can be heard in audio form on The Contemplative Light YouTube page or in the previous podcast episode. It can be read and signed here.
An audio reading of Barmen Today, A Contemporary Contemplative Declaration. This was crafted and signed by students and faculty at the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation. I have performed an audio reading per their request to help support this noble cause. The next episode will feature an interview with one of the students who crafted this document. To read and sign the document, visit: http://bit.ly/barmentoday
Chris Luard talks about his practice and how Buddhism has influenced. This serves as a good practical introduction to Buddhist principles and how they might help facilitate growth and healing. Chris generally distances himself from ostensibly religious labels, preferring to call himself ‘someone who practices the dharma,’ rather than a Buddhist. This has certainly been the approach of many contemporary spiritual guides, and this secularization of mystical practices has perhaps been largely responsible for the growth of yoga and mindfulness in the West.