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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...

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.

St. Benedict: Rules for a Busy Contemplative

St. Benedict created a rule for those seeking to live a monastic life that I have applied to my daily life. Whether you are Christian, or follow a different spiritual path, you can find great value in following St. Benedict's Rule, acknowledging the spiritual in your everyday...

The Manifesto of New Monasticism

There is a new monasticism forming in the world today, and Roy McEntee is at the forefront forging the manifestos of the movement. Prologue “We assert that new monasticism names an impulse that is trying to incarnate itself in the new generation. It is beyond the borders...

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...