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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...

5 Contemplative Steps for Moving from Intent to Action

Here are 5 contemplative steps to help us move our inward intentions into true outward actions in our lives. Fully awake, fully active, fully aware is Thomas Merton’s description of contemplation. Living in ways that keep us awake, aware, and active may be difficult. By resting...

The Importance of Community in Contemplation

Community at Shambhala Meditation Center The Shambhala Meditation Center of St. Petersburg, Florida is a bit tricky to find after sundown. Located in a large building occupied by alternative healers and a yoga studio in a residential neighborhood in downtown St. Pete, the entrance to the...