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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...

Inner Peace is a Global Responsibility

There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.[i] — Black Elk For centuries, saints and sages have taught that world peace originates from an inner source. Yet it has taken millennia for us to...

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...