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Cynthia Bourgeault's eulogy for Beatrice Bruteau, 1930-2014

Discover Karma's true meaning with Kim Orr.

Build your bridge of engaged compassion with Vanessa Hurst.

Bringing together the best of Paula D'Arcy's inspired writings with her down-to-earth teachings.

Dr. Janet Quinn's contemplative practices for caregivers

Remembering Gandhi's timeless message on his 145th birthday

Kurt Johnson and Karuna explore cross-over between Advaita Vedanta and Kundalini Yoga.

Doctoral student Jason Brown takes a monastic life retreat.


Jamal Rahman awakens the soul with the Mulla's comic teaching stories.

Fundamentalism in the Darndest Places.

Tony Campolo on contemplative prayer

Toinette Lippe's spiritual pilgrimage with Joan Halifax and Kazuaki Tanahashi

Cynthia Bourgeault's eulogy for Beatrice Bruteau, 1930-2014

Discover Karma's true meaning with Kim Orr.

Build your bridge of engaged compassion with Vanessa Hurst.

Bringing together the best of Paula D'Arcy's inspired writings with her down-to-earth teachings.

Dr. Janet Quinn's contemplative practices for caregivers

Remembering Gandhi's timeless message on his 145th birthday

Kurt Johnson and Karuna explore cross-over between Advaita Vedanta and Kundalini Yoga.

Doctoral student Jason Brown takes a monastic life retreat.


Jamal Rahman awakens the soul with the Mulla's comic teaching stories.

Fundamentalism in the Darndest Places.

Tony Campolo on contemplative prayer

Toinette Lippe's spiritual pilgrimage with Joan Halifax and Kazuaki Tanahashi



Art and Poetry Feature

Please enjoy four exceptional poems
from award-winning writer Gunilla Norris
adorned by Toinette Lippe’s exquisite brush paintings.
Click "next" to progress through the series.

Whelk by Toinette Lippe
Whelk, Copyright ©2009 by Toinette Lippe

Finding Now

It’s not too late.
Our bodies want to feel
the way the day dawns
in the skin slowly
with a blush.

In snail time we can glide
slowly over our lives.
This is a tender Braille
where joy is the thinnest layer
and asks everything.

              by Gunilla Norris


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Advent: a Pilgrimage of Anticipation
with Paula D’Arcy
November 30- December 24, 2014
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Please click the titles below to enjoy three features from
Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee




Contemplative Journal's November Columns
We're honored to host monthly columns by four extraordinary writers:
Living the Eternal Way with Ellen Grace O'Brian, Eyes Wide Open with Tom Rapsas,
The Seekers Forum with Mark Matousek, and Belonging with Matthew Wright.


How to Have More Energy



Getting happy: The search for what makes us feel good.


How Do You Live?




This is My Body






CLICK HERE for Chris Saade InterviewWe recently spoke with Chris Saâde, co-director of The Olive Branch Center and author of Second Wave Spirituality, about his ongoing work for peace, which began when he was a young man in Lebanon and continues in his work with Andrew Harvey in The International Academy of Sacred Leadership and with the Institute for Life Leadership and Coaching, through which he has led over 200 retreats. Chris's heart for those who suffer most when peace is shattered-so often innocent children, comes through in the beautiful and powerful prayers he writes.
Please enjoy this free download of our conversation.




Learning to wait
Paula D’Arcy


I sit alone on my deck watching the deer. It has taken nine months for them not to run away when I’m here. I turn the pages of my journal softly, straining not to make a sound. Still, they hear me. Several heads look up, watch, and then bend again to nibble at the grass. We’re learning to be together. They’re teaching me how to wait. How to let things be. It sounds so simple, but it isn’t. Just let things be.

I marvel at their beauty. The tender lines of their legs, the loud sound of their chewing. The heaving chestnut flanks. The wind rocks my wooden swing and I sway back and forth, trailing my foot across the deck boards. I keep speaking to them from within; it’s a conversation that goes on all day long.

At dusk when the light grows dim on the lavender bush, the deer form a long line and walk slowly back to the nearby grove of cedar. I think about being more like them, about their unhurried pace. I know it makes an essential difference. Breathing as they breathe, I stop thinking about life’s small successes and failures; I stop identifying with being a separate person in this particular body. Watching them, I’m no longer identified with the circumstances and concerns that fill so many hours. I know that something else wants to be born.

I wait.

Deep within it’s clear that how you walk toward something determines what you’re able to see. I think about how the soul moves so tentatively toward the Divine. I imagine the soul and God circling one another, and realize that the holiest intention is to bring something into being…to birth the hidden seeds within us. It is more than a story. It is happening to each of us.

Learning to wait


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