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7 Steps of Interspiritual Meditation

What is interspiritual meditation and how does one practice it? Read below to find out the process. The History of Interspiritual Meditation Within every religion, there is small population of dedicated contemplatives whose inner lives go mostly unnoticed by the general public. They might be monks, nuns,...

Praying the Psalms

“You need to pray the Psalms” Those six words said around a lunch table at a chicken restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio began a life changing transformation. In the midst of one of the most difficult periods of my congregational ministry, one of my prayer partners shared...

Connecting Centering Prayer and The Spiritual Exercises

Two watershed experiences in my own spiritual journey were a 30-day retreat at Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, Massachusetts in July, 1976, and a 14-day intensive centering prayer retreat that took place at the Lama Foundation located in the mountains of northern New Mexico...

Centering Prayer: Recovery For Ministerial Burnout

Centering prayer can help with burnout, so read on for more prayer tips.  Burnout is a big problem. In far too many cases we hear of missionaries who go to the field and then, before long, we learn that they have lost their zeal and came...

Contemplative Presence as Self-Care for Caregivers Part 2

Contemplative presence is a skill that needs to be practiced and developed. Try this short, simple exercise to begin or strengthen your ability to cope with daily stresses in a healthy way.  *** Anyone who walks this life-journey with a wish and willingness to be of genuine service,...

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...