Resources

I recommend the following books, courses and web sites to learn more about centering prayer, contemplative prayer, Jesus and the Bible.

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What is Rich reading?

I am currently listening to THE CONTEMPLATIVE JOURNEY, VOLUME 1: Contemplation and Transformation from Christianity’s Mystical Tradition by Father Thomas Keating.

Books by Amos Smith

Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life  is currently $6.99 in Kindle and is now available on Audible too!

Also by Amos Smith, Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots

 

New Books:

Here are some great books released in 2020!

Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm by Cynthia Bourgeault

Reconnect: Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction by Ed Cyzewski

You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass): Embracing the Emotions, Habits, and Mystery That Make You You by Mike McHargue

Earth, Our Original Monastery: Cultivating Wonder and Gratitude through Intimacy with Nature  by Christine Valters Paintner

Books:

Amato, Nicholas.  Living In God:  Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action.  (Enjoy my review.)

Amato, Nicholas.  Moving from Stress to Joy

Arico, Carl J.   A Taste of Silence:  Centering Prayer and the Contemplative Journey.  (Enjoy my review.)

Bass, Diana Butler.  Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution (Enjoy my review.)

Bell, Rob. What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything

Bill, J. Brent.  Holy Silence: A Gift of Quaker Silence.  (Enjoy my review.)

Bill, J. Brent.  Beauty, Truth, Life, and Love: Four Essentials for the Abundant Life

Borg, Marcus.  Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith .

Bourgeault, Cynthia.  Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening. (Enjoy my review.)

Bourgeault, Cynthia.  The Heart of Centering Prayer:  Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice.  (Enjoy my review.)

Bourgeault, Cynthia.  The Wisdom Jesus:  Transforming Heart and Mind-a New Perspective on Christ and His Message (Enjoy my review)

Coleman, Daniel.  Presence and Process: A Path Toward Transformative Faith and Inclusive Community.  (Enjoy my interview with Daniel.)

Cyzewski, Ed. Flee, Be Silent, Pray: Ancient Prayers for Anxious Christians

Enns, Peter.  The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It

Enns, Peter.  How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That’s Great News

Finley, James.  Christian Meditation.

Freeman, Laurence.  Jesus the Teacher Within

Freeman, Laurence.  First Sight:  The Experience of Faith

Frenette, David.  The Path of Centering Prayer:  Deepening Your Experience of God.  (Enjoy my review.)

Funk, Mary Margaret. Tools Matter: Beginning the Spiritual Journey (The Matters Series)

Haase, Albert. Becoming an Ordinary Mystic: Spirituality for the Rest of Us

Heuertz, Phileena, Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation , (Enjoy my review)

Jelenek, Frank (Author), Boyajian Ann (Illustrator).  Journey to the Heart:  Centering Prayer for Children.

Johnson, Jan.  Meeting God In Scripture:  A-Hands-On Guide To Lectio Divina.  (Enjoy my review.)

Keating, Thomas.  Intimacy with God:  An Introduction To Centering Prayer.  (Enjoy my review.)

Keating, Thomas.  Manifesting God. (Enjoy my review)

Keating, Thomas.  Open Mind, Open Heart, 20th Anniversary Edition.

Marion, James. Putting on the Mind of Christ: The Inner Work of Christian Spirituality

Laird, Martin. Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation. (Enjoy my review)

Laird, Martin. An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation. (Enjoy my review)

McColman, Carl.  Befriending Silence:  Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality. (Enjoy my review.)

Meninger, William.  The Loving Search for God.

Miller, Shelly.  Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World. (Enjoy my review.)

O’Rourke, Benignus.  Finding Your Hidden Treasure. (Enjoy my review.)

Paintner, Christine Valters.  Illuminating the Way:  Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics.  (Enjoy my review.)

Paintner, Christine Valters.  Eyes of the Heart:  Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice. (Enjoy my review.)

Painter, Christine Valters.  Lectio Divina―The Sacred Art: Transforming Words & Images into Heart-Centered Prayer (The Art of Spiritual Living)

Paintner, Christine Valters.  The Soul of a Pilgrim:  Eight Practices for the Journey Within.

Paintner, Christine Valters. The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred

Pennington, Basil.  Centering Prayer:  Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form.  (Enjoy my review.)

Reynolds, Stefan Gillow.  Living with the Mind of Christ:  Mindfulness in Christian Spirituality.  (Enjoy my review.)

Rohr, Richard.  The Naked Now.  (Enjoy my review.)

Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe  (Enjoy my review)

Sabom, Clint.  Preparation For Great Light:  Recollections Of A Christian Mystic.  (Enjoy my review.)

Sanders, E. P. The Historical Figure of Jesus

Shaw, Marc Thomas. Dante’s Road: The Journey Home for the Modern Soul

Smith, Amos.  Healing the Divide:  Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots.

Smith, Paul R.  Is Your God Big Enough? Close Enough? You Enough?: Jesus and the Three Faces of God. (Enjoy my review)

Wright, N. T. Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters

Yamasaki, April. Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

Zahnd, Brian.  Water To Wine:  Some of My Story.  (Enjoy my review.)

Zand, Brian. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News

Courses:

Spirituality & Practice offerings

The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault: Jesus first and foremost is a Wisdom teacher, grounded in the universal traditions of spiritual transformation, and the first teacher of non-dual consciousness the West had ever seen. Almost two thousand years ahead of his time, he stands in the lineage of the great Jewish prophets, the master “cardiologist” entrusted with implementing the promise made to the prophet Ezekiel: “I will take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault: Centering Prayer is a simple, no-frills form of meditation in the Christian tradition. Since it was first developed by Christian contemplative monks in the 1970s, it has allowed tens of thousands of practitioners worldwide to “return home,” developing an authentically Christian meditation practice which not only delivers the healing and quieting of the mind typical of all meditation paths, but also reconnects directly to Christianity’s hidden treasury of mystical and transformational wisdom.

The Gospel of Thomas by Cynthia Bourgeault: This e-course, “The Gospel of Thomas with Cynthia Bourgeault,” is a complete “Thomas starter kit”: everything you need to know to get you up and running with this remarkable text, plus a generous sampling of its most important sayings, arranged thematically so that they speak to issues that contemporary spiritual seekers are actually dealing with.

Centering Prayer as a Way of Life  by Contemplative Outreach, Pamela Begeman, Mary Anne Best, Julie Saad: In this, the third offering of this year’s trilogy on Centering Prayer, we will explore how the practice of Centering Prayer evolves into a surrendered life of inner peace and equanimity despite the busy and often tumultuous circumstances of daily life in the 21st century. As the inner room begins to expand its walls beyond the twice-daily practice of Centering Prayer, the Spirit takes over our life more and more, and we begin to accept ourselves just as we are, God as God is, and all reality as it is. From this disposition of true humility, enlarged under the influence of God’s grace, we live in the Kingdom of God here and now, which is a state of consciousness ever-attentive to the presence of God in the midst of ordinary life.

Centering Prayer as Practice and Process by Contemplative Outreach, Pamela Begeman, Mary Anne Best, Julie Saad: If you are new to Centering Prayer or wishing to renew your practice, this retreat will assist you with deepening your relationship with God. We will focus on teaching and practicing the method of Centering Prayer; review its place in the Christian tradition, its conceptual background, and psychological process; and share insights into establishing Centering Prayer as a way of life.

Lean In, Lighten Up and Let Go Practices for a Deeper Commitment to the Contemplative Life by Contemplative Outreach, Mary Dwyer: This retreat encourages a life of prayer and practice, both “on the chair” and in daily life. It will support you in making a deeper commitment to your relationship with God, and strengthen your ability to live the contemplative life through dedication to prayer and practice, all within the normal routines of everyday life.

Contemplative Discernment by Fr. Carl Arico, Pamela Begeman, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler: A contemplative practice of discernment is not about decision-making, although this may be an eventual outcome. Rather, contemplative discernment is receptive in nature, a process of opening to receive clues about who we are in God. We focus on ever-deepening levels of relationship and trust in God’s will for us. We learn how to listen deeply to our motivations and sort through and purify any mixed motivations. As this relationship deepens, we learn to allow the love of God to motivate our actions and manifest through us. We discover what it means to truly pray “not my will, but Thy will.”

Embracing Living: The Welcoming Prayer by Contemplative Outreach, Mary Dwyer, Therese Saulnier, Cherry Haisten, Jim McElroy: The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. If Centering Prayer (or another daily prayer) is practiced for one hour of the day, the Welcoming Prayer is for the other 23 hours. It is a “letting go” in the present moment, in the midst of the activity of ordinary life.

Practicing the Presence of God by Pamela Begeman, Mary Ann Brussat, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, David Frenette: We live in a world of complexity, fragmentation, noise, and haste. We sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of tasks, appointments, and commitments facing us. How can we experience God in the midst of the busyness, responsibilities, and activities of our daily lives? By practice. By living more in the present moment. By practicing the presence of God in the present moment.

Silence and the Spiritual Journey by Contemplative Outreach: The purpose of our historical lifetime is to provide us with space for the upward journey of evolution into vertical time and our assimilation of the eternal values that Christ brought into the world. This journey consists of everything from great touches of God (consolations) to the Dark Nights.

Lectio Divina Heart to Heart – Listening and Living with God by Contemplative Outreach: The ancient practice of praying the Scriptures is being rediscovered and renewed in our time. Known as Lectio Divina (Divine Reading), it is one of the great treasures of the Christian tradition of prayer.

A Journey of Discernment with the teachings of Mary Margaret Funk and other contemplative voices by Contemplative Outreach, Mary Margaret Funk: This e-course explores the contemplative approach to discerning the small and large decisions in life, which comes from cultivating a life practice of unceasing prayer (whatever types of prayer that may encompass for you). Discernment means sorting our thoughts and following the impulse of grace given by the Holy Spirit. As Sr. Meg writes, “Since we are not our thoughts, we can observe them rising and follow the ones that are from God.” This is a way of coming more awake and discovering the spark of divinity burning in our hearts.

Poetry and Prayer from the Celtic Tradition by Carl McColman: The traditional Celtic people of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales wove prayers, blessings, poems, and songs into every aspect of their daily lives — using the power of language to blend a rich spirituality of presence and wisdom into the very fabric of their being. Many of these poetic invocations and charming poems were collected by folklorist Alexander Carmichael over 100 years ago and preserved in the book Carmina Gadelica — the “Charms of the Gaels.”

Celtic Spirituality At the Edge of Mystery by Carl McColman: Consider it a pilgrimage into one of the best examples of everyday spirituality. Celtic wisdom and poetry ​encourages us to recognize the holy all around us, honors and protects the sacred earth, gives inspiration to free our creative voice, and presents a holistic path that links the quest for holiness with ​an ​embodied​​ sense of Divine love.

Holy Silence: The Quaker Way by J. Brent Bill:  Quaker silence is not about stillness, as such, but rather about encountering God in a living and vital holy hush. This e-course encourages women and men to undertake a journey of spiritual silence. The destination is a quiet inner place where God teaches us directly. Friends (as Quakers are formally known) have been honing their take on silence for more than 350 years. It’s a silence that invites us to an immediate and personal encounter with God. That’s because Quakers believe that when we are silent, then the Spirit of God grants us insights, guidance, and understanding of spiritual truth.

Centering Prayer is a silent prayer practice that can move you toward a profound relationship with the Spirit of God within. It is a way of praying that opens the door to the Divine Indwelling—the ground of our being. With Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico present the first online course in this method for deepening your intimacy with God and ultimately consenting to the presence and action of the Divine in all aspects of your life.

The Contemplative Journey (Volume I) is Father Thomas Keating’s great masterwork: a complete curriculum devoted to a Christian path for achieving the still point of resting in God.

Learn More About:

  • The complete history, theory, and daily practice of Centering Prayer
  • What the medieval saints knew about resting in God
  • The sacred word that revitalizes your prayers
  • How to heal the irrational drives that can sabotage your spiritual growth

The Contemplative Journey (Volume II) is Father Thomas Keating’s great masterwork: a complete curriculum devoted to a Christian path for achieving the still point of resting in God.

Learn More About:

  • The four elements essential to your spiritual health
  • Three on-the-spot questions to diagnose core troubles
  • How to overcome deeply ingrained habits with prayer
  • Mastering the three essential human relationships
  • The true purpose of marriage
  • How to use Centering Prayer as a spiritual antibiotic

David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer re-energized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings. This companion audio program—created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide—gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners, and then guides us experientially through core prayers and meditations.

Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate – Three leading voices in the contemplative Christian tradition explore the mystic’s path: Richard Rohr, James Finley and Cynthia Bourgeault. Experience a very special weekend conference with teachings that guide us through the long mystical tradition from early Christianity to our own time. This view into our mystical heritage opens our hearts to the Divine Mystery in which we live and are surrounded. The mystical union to which we are all invited strengthens us to live our lives with compassion and gratitude.

The Enneagram and Grace: 9 Journeys to Divine Presence by Richard Rohr and Russ Hudson – Fr. Richard Rohr and Russ Hudson offer a deep study of the Enneagram as a powerful spiritual tool. The Enneagram has become many things to many people, but its roots are profoundly spiritual and are based in the studies of the Desert Fathers, the world’s first Christian monastics. At its core, the Enneagram addresses the question of how we fail to recognize the presence of Grace in our lives. It helps us see the psychological issues that cause us to forget the Divine Presence here in each moment.

On Encountering the Wisdom Jesus, this brilliant author and dynamic Episcopalian priest presents her first full-length audio course about rediscovering the Master of Wisdom. Twelve immersive sessions cover: the parables as wisdom tools; Jesus’s teachings about kenosis (or self-emptying: a path as radical today as it was 2,000 years ago); Jesus as tantric master; Centering Prayer, an approach to meditation as Jesus lived it, and much more. The early Christians, teaches the Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault, were afire with the spirit of Jesus, inspired fully by his teaching of a total transformation of consciousness. How do we reclaim that fire today?

Since the time of the Desert Fathers in the third century, Finley begins, Christian mystics have practiced meditation as a way of opening to the direct presence of God in daily life. Legendary seekers such as Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Meister Eckhart explored how meditation can lead us beyond the closed horizon of the ego, to an interior and holy refuge that is always available to us. On Christian Meditation, James Finley offers a gentle introduction to this all-transforming way of life, and the ever-deepening realization of oneness with Christ it leads us to.  (Based upon his book, Christian Meditation.)

Thomas Merton’s Path to the Palace of Nowhere:  The Essential Guide to the Contemplative Teachings of Thomas Merton – Now James Finley, who for six years lived, prayed, and studied with Brother Louis, as Merton was known at the Abbey of Gethsemani, shares with us the gifts passed on to him by this towering figure.

The Teachings of Meister Eckhart: An Invitation to Experience God in Every Moment:  The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart was the most brilliant Christian scholar of his day, but he was also legendary for the way that he opened listeners to the direct experience of God during his public talks. Today, his written wisdom remains alive as ever, ready to illuminate us. James Finley, one of today’s best-known teachers of the Christian contemplative tradition, invites us into Eckhart’s insights in the same way that this luminary teacher delighted in sharing them—through the spoken word.

Resurrecting Jesus by Adyashanti :A nine-part course exploring the life of Jesus as a template for spiritual awakening.

 

Contemplative Light offerings 

How might your life change if you were steeped more deeply in the wisdom of the Christian Mystics? Drawing on the best available writing on the topic of Christian Mysticism both ancient and modern, Contemplative Light is offering a special course on the Christian Mystics Sacred Lives: An Introduction To The Christian Mystics.

The Divine Transformation: Essentials of Christian Mysticism – Welcome to a comprehensive introductory through intermediate level course on both practice and perspectives of these timeless teachings from the Christian Mystical and Contemplative traditions! Whether you are a long-time practitioner looking to solidify your understanding and framework for practice or a beginner interested in immersing yourself in this teaching, this course can serve as a rich resource.

Contemplative Practices: 5 Ways of Consenting to the Divine – Learn methods practiced by Christian mystics for centuries to consent to the action and presence of God within, including Centering Prayer, The Examen, Lectio Divina, Christian Meditation, and the Jesus Prayer.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice: This course helps you to access the rich spiritual stories that lie deeply within you. Words are powerful. The words that you write can be used to:

  • help you understand yourself better – and therefore divine God’s purpose in your life
  • facilitate healing of spiritual wounds
  • minister to others more effectively
  • share your testimonies of how God has worked in your life

If you read devotionals, you already know how they can be a true blessing. A devotional can uplift you when you’re feeling discouraged, sad or lonely. It can allow you to feel a keen sense of fellowship with another Christian, even if the two of you never actually meet. And, if you are feeling called to write devotionals, know that you have a unique opportunity to bless others and make a genuine difference in their lives. This course takes you step by step through the process, and then guides you towards publishing, if that is your goal.

 

Courses by N. T. Wright:

The Storied World of the Bible: Often, people wonder how the various stories, poems, prophetic texts, Gospels, and letters all fit together. And, indeed, they do fit together in ways needing to be understood by readers of the Bible. This course will unpack some of the questions surrounding the meaning of the Bible to bring a coherent sense of what is being communicated by the biblical writers. The Bible then, truly, becomes a Grand Story of God’s faithfulness.

N. T. Wright, In The Day the Revolution Began, N. T. Wright once again challenges commonly held Christian beliefs as he did in his acclaimed Surprised by Hope. Demonstrating the rigorous intellect and breathtaking knowledge that have long defined his work, Wright argues that Jesus’ death on the cross was not only to absolve us of our sins; it was actually the beginning of a revolution commissioning the Christian faithful to a new vocation—a royal priesthood responsible for restoring and reconciling all of God’s creation.

N. T. Wright, In this course Simply Jesus, students will be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus of Nazareth. The goal of the course is to look at the story of Jesus from the perspective of a historian. Too many times Jesus of Nazareth becomes interpreted as simply another ‘religious figure’ among many religious figures. But this so often eliminates the understanding of a man who lived in time and space at a critical time of history.

N. T. Wright, How do we know that Jesus was actually raised from the dead in bodily form? This course with Prof. N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God, examines the extraordinary claim that Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead in a bodily fashion to appear in person to people after his cruel death, crucifixion, and entombment. This journey will look at the ancient world’s understanding of the afterlife from Jewish and Greek perspectives along with the implications of their understandings as it relates to the early Christian claim of the bodily resurrection of Jesus.

N. T. Wright, Simply Good News is an introductory course based on the teachings of Prof. N.T. Wright and his book bearing the same title. The student will be guided through the idea of what ‘good news’ meant to the 1st Century person living in the Roman Empire. The course will also guide the student to understand how that ‘good news’ is to be understood by readers of the New Testament in the 21st Century.

N. T. Wright, Paul: A Biography – N. T. Wright’s definitive biography of Paul reveals the apostle’s lasting role in Christian history as an inventor of new paradigms for how we understand Jesus and what he accomplished. Wright celebrates Paul’s stature as one of the most effective and influential intellectuals in human history, while shedding fresh light on his writings, thoughts, and ideas. Consider these remarkable facts: Paul’s writing occupy less than 90 pages in a modern translation yet they have, page per page, generated more sermons, books, monographs, and journal articles than any other writings from the ancient world.

Themes in the Gospel of John by N. T. Wright:  The course approaches the Gospel of John in a way that looks at seven key themes. These themes bind the Fourth Gospel together in a manner that allows us to see this ‘new way of living’ as possible for followers of King Jesus. In so doing, we then apply these themes to the current era in order to ask ourselves questions about how we are putting them into practice. In a way, this is the story of how to live out being the presence of God on earth through the indwelling of God’s spirit.

Web Sites:

A Daily Spiritual Seed – This daily (M – F) e mail message provides information, guidance and support on Christian spirituality using quotes from various Christian authors. A Gospel meditation and additional spiritual growth resources are also included in each daily message.

A Sacred Journey – Do you long to turn your travels and daily life into a Sacred journey? If so, then welcome home, Pilgrim. Inspired by the practice of pilgrimage, A Sacred Journey is devoted to spirituality and intention at home and abroad. If you’re a seeker who is prone to wander, you’ve come to the right place!

Carl McColman – Explores prayer, silence and wisdom of the mystics

Center for Action and Contemplation – The Center for Action and Contemplation seeks to empower individuals to live out their sacred soul tasks in service to the world through contemplative programs and resources.

Contemplative Life – A central hub that brings many different practices under one umbrella,
to easily find what’s right for you and connect with others of like mind.

Contemplative Light – We provide education and resources in a global effort towards inner transformation through contemplative prayer and meditation.

Contemplative Outreach – Contemplative Outreach is a community of individuals and Centering Prayer groups committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in everyday life.

Contemplative Prayer – Father William Meninger, developed a contemplative prayer method based on the 14th century classic, The Cloud of Unknowing, leading to a prayer method called Centering Prayer.

Gravity – A center for contemplative action.

In Search of a New Eden – Through Celtic Christianity Justin Coutts hopes to bring people closer to the natural world and closer to their own souls – that we all may return to Eden like the Prodigal Son and live once more in harmony with the wind and waves, the trees and moss, the rocks and stars.

J. Brent Bill – Brent is a writer, photographer, retreat leader, and Quaker minister.

Marc Thomas Shaw – Explores contemplative spirituality and everyday mysticism.

Melissa H Thompson – “I am passionate about God and the love God shows me and each of us every day,” Thompson says. “As I have matured in my relationship with God, I have become a committed student of God’s Word, eager to read and share the divinely-inspired text with others. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer and I daily see God’s Power at work in my life and in the world around me.  My deepest desire is to walk on the path God has ordained for me.”

Recover Christianity’s Mystic Roots – Amos Smith and I explore the five roots:  Centering Prayer, Jesus Paradox, New Monasticism, Christian Mysticism and Nonviolence.

Shalom Place – It’s purpose is to provide a variety of resources that encourage and support Christian spiritual practice. As such, it is an online spirituality center — a place where you can find retreats, workshops, books, handouts, worksheets, and a community of kindred spirits who are seeking to grow in Christ.

The Contemplative Society – Contemplative Society is an inclusive non-profit association that encourages a deepening of contemplative prayer based in the Christian Wisdom tradition while also welcoming and being supportive of other meditation traditions.

The Contemplative Way – James Finley, Ph.D. lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where the world-renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director.

The Faith-ing Project – The goal of The Faith-ing Project is to enrich your spiritual life.   Our hope is that this  might be a gymnasium for the soul; a library for the spirit; and a toy store for the psyche.

The Wisdom Way of Knowing – On this site you’ll find a treasure trove of resources and teachings by Cynthia Bourgeault including a list of her Key Offerings, an overview of the Wisdom Way of Knowing model, information about Wisdom Schools, an introduction to Wisdom Essentials including foundational practices and tools, and connection to our Communities of Practice, including leaders and members of the community and links to various organizations in the Wisdom Network.

The World Community for Christian Meditation – The World Community teaches the Christian tradition of meditation.

Thomas J. Bushlack, Ph.D. – A site devoted to sharing the fruits of contemplation with others by creating spaces for spiritual practices to give way to practical wisdom and compassionate action, through a variety of creative media – from traditional publishing to online learning, plus blogging, podcasting, and guided medita

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