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Spiritual Practice: The Best Way to Attain Happiness

Too long I’ve wandered from place to place, Seen mountains and seas at vast expense. Why haven’t I stepped two yards from my house, Opened my eyes and gazed very close At a drop of dew on a stalk of rice? —Rabindranath Tagor We are living in unprecedented times. Quantum leaps...

How I Recovered From my Addiction to Codependence

St. Ignatious and the 11th Step My journey out of codependence began in contemplative prayer. At a weekend prayer retreat, a minister introduced me to the Ignatian Examen. His recommendation after introducing it to our group was to practice the prayer for at least 30 days...

Contemplative Presence as Self-Care for Caregivers Part 2

Contemplative presence is a skill that needs to be practiced and developed. Try this short, simple exercise to begin or strengthen your ability to cope with daily stresses in a healthy way.  *** Anyone who walks this life-journey with a wish and willingness to be of genuine service,...

Time to Meditate

A “Sit-a-Thon”? Really? For several years at CSE we have offered an annual Fall meditation “Sit-a-thon,” a global educational outreach and fundraising program to support meditation instruction and practice. The inspiration for the sit-a-thon came as I reflected on the various walk-a-thons, marathons, bike-a-thons, and so...

Contemplative Presence as Self-Care for Caregivers: Part 1

Professional caregivers choose that career because they have an intense, compassionate desire to help others. Unfortunately, burnout is a real issue for most professional caregivers, as they give and give without checking in with their own needs. If you are a caregiver, this article will help you...

Redefining Good Health with Thomas Merton

Health as the Integration of Body, Mind, and Soul The aspirational goal of health should be the transformative integration of body, mind, and soul in a person seeking communion with God and neighbor. I propose that we broaden our perspective of health and no longer view...