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Contemplation, Office Politics, & the Rule of Saint Benedict

The verb “contemplate” is defined as “looking at or viewing with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully; to think deeply about; to have a purpose or intent.” Sounds nice. “Politics,” however, is defined as “the use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of...

Contemplative Life and Professional Life Can Coexist

Can a working professional in a high-stress job and stressful environment maintain a consistent spiritual focus—or are the stresses of work and the city incompatible with the contemplative life? I’m what they call an extreme commuter. On a typical workday, I drive several miles to a...

Practicing Professional Compassion

Across the globe, in board rooms, in cubicles, on the factory floor–wherever you find workers, a quiet revolution is underway. What began as a movement toward greater spirituality in the workplace has morphed into multiple understandings of what this phrase might mean. It’s characterized by...