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A Stranger No More

Who is the stranger? Nass Cannon reflects on the stranger, using personal life experiences and writings from Thomas Moore and Albert Camus. *** An auto accident disrupts my planned presentation at the Seventh General Meeting of The Thomas Merton Society Meeting of Great Britain and Ireland. Through...

5 Tips On Mindful Parenting

Mindful parenting is essential to raising children and growing spiritually ourselves. Here are 5 tips on how to parent children in a mindful way. Mindful Parenting as a Spiritual Practice Parenting is, in some ways, like creating and maintaining a spiritual practice. Parenting is an everyday activity,...

A Mother’s Gaze: How Mothers Affect Our Inner Growth

You learn the world from your mother's face. The mother's eyes, especially, are a child's refuge, the mirror where children confirm their existence. From the doting reflection of its mother's eyes, a baby draws its earliest, wordless lessons about connection, care, and love. And about...

6 Lessons from Teresa of Avila on Contemplation and Community

I began reading Teresa of Avila’s The Interior Castle to learn more about my journey through learning about Teresa’s journey of prayer to union with God. Little did I know sprinkled throughout this very individual journey was the call to reach out and connect with...

5 Ways Embodiment Helps Us Listen Better

Embodiment is a crucial way to live our lives in better understanding of the world and in relationship with others. Here are 5 ways embodiment helps us to listen more deeply. 

“…If we meet, and if we listen, we reweave the world into wholeness. And holiness.”

~Margaret Wheatley

1. Wisdom

Dialogue rooted in deeper wisdom offers greater potential for transformation and healing, and connection to the body is crucial in building relationship with this deeper knowing. The body connects us to the moment where a deeper, generative and vital Source resides. Without the richness of the present moment, we can communicate in ways that are reactive, defensive, or simply boring as we retell old stories or fear imagined futures.