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A 12-Minute Meditation for Self-Compassion and Loving-Kindness
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Spirituality
Freepik | upklyak Today, I invite you to immerse yourself in a self-compassion and loving-kindness meditation. This practice is designed to soothe the nervous system and cultivate self-compassion through deep relaxation and warm, gentle affirmations. We’ll begin with some mindful breathing, and then, as we ease into a state of calm, the practice tr...
Making Room
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Spirituality
Share Carl Siciliano is my friend and the founder of the Ali Forney Center — which is probably the largest organization in the world serving unhoused, homeless LGBTQ youth. Here, Carl finally tells the story of how the Forney Center came into being and how its work has changed lives. Carl says it clearly and plainly in the prologue: “This book is a...
Making Room
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Spirituality
Share “Lady Gaga came to our Harlem drop-in center early the next afternoon, arriving with her mother, Cynthia, and two huge SUVs packed with gifts. Again, the kids had no idea what was about to unfold … “The next few hours were an extravaganza. First Gaga, her mother, and her assistants organized the huge piles of scarves, hats, socks, and makeup,...
Thank You, God
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Spirituality
Share In an anxious world, nothing will bring us closer to sanity than gratefulness, which is, as Br. David Steindl-Rast puts it, an embrace of life's great fullness. This embrace can go as far as appreciating an opportunity to help amid a crisis or as near as thanks for sunshine and family. Those nearby aspects of gratefulness — naturally the best...
With All Your Might
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Spirituality
Share By virtue of the Creation and, still more, of the Incarnation,nothing here below is profanefor those who know how to see.On the contrary, everything is sacred. Try, with God’s help,to perceive the connection –even physical and natural –which binds your laborwith the building of the kingdom of heaven. Try to realize that heaven itself smiles u...
Make Us One
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Spirituality
Share This bread, our toil,is of itself, I know,but an immense fragmentation;this wine, our pain,is no more, I know,than a draught that dissolves. Yet in the very depths of this formless massYou have implanted a desire, irresistible, hallowing,which makes us cry out,believer and unbeliever alike:Lord, make us one! —Teilhard de Chardin in Teilhard d...
Mighty Nature
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Spirituality
Share Mighty nature is at work for us;she has made it her business to look to the future,to be the guide, to make the decisions,and all we have to do is to surrender ourselvesto her guidance. —Teilhard de Chardin in Teilhard de Chardin: A Book of Hours by Teilhard de Chardin, Kathleen Deignan (ed.), Libby Osgood (ed.)
God is Within
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Spirituality
Share In every context, try harder to lose yourself in God – so completely that you no longer even want to know whether you are doing much or little in this world – your sole happiness being the feeling that God is within you, at the beginning and the end of every desire and every act. —Teilhard de Chardin in Teilhard de Chardin: A Book of Hours by...
To Whom the Earth Kneels
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Spirituality
Share The God for whom our century is waiting must be: as vast and mysterious as the Cosmosas immediate and all-embracing as Lifeas linked to our effort as Humankind A God who made the World less mysterious or smaller,or less important to usthan our heart and reason show it to be,that God, less beautiful than the God we await –will never more be th...
Spiritual Quotation
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Spirituality
Share We are not simply nurslings rocked and suckled by Mother Earth. Like children who have grown up, we must learn to walk by ourselves and give active help to the mother who bore us. —Teilhard de Chardin, Teilhard de Chardin: A Book of Hours by Teilhard de Chardin, Kathleen Deignan (ed.), Libby Osgood (ed.)
Spiritual Quotation
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Spirituality
Created beings must
Saving Ghosts: A Zen Meditation
Monkey Mind
Zen
Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. Skeletons fromTales of Terror1808   What follows is a Dharma talk by Dr Chris Hoff delivered at our 18th of May, 2024, Empty Moon Zen Saturday morning gathering.  He is one ...
Queering Contemplation
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Share Queer is more than you think, says Cassidy Hall, or perhaps, it is not at all what you think. Or, if you haven’t thought much about queerness until now, Hall’s book will serve as an introduction, offering how queerness as a way of life pairs perfectly with contemplative living. After an introduction to what contemplation is, with quotations f...
The Greatest Evil Is War
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Share Chris Hedges presents this heart-rending, horrifying, humbling account as only a true prophet can, speaking the truth without bowing to the mighty. Hedges' credibility comes not only from his war-journalism background — he spent two decades as a war correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans and contributed to ...
The Greatest Evil Is War
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Spirituality
Share "There are days I wish I was whole. I wish I could put down this cross. I envy those who, in their innocence, believe in the innate goodness of America and the righteousness of war, and celebrate what we know is despicable. Sometimes it makes me wish for death, for the peace of it. But I know the awful truth, as James Baldwin wrote, that 'peo...
Learning to Wait: Mindful Ideas From Nanalan’ 
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Spirituality
In this brief episode of Nanalan’, main character Mona reads a story with Nana and learns that as difficult as waiting can be, there are lots of ways to see it as a good thing. So what are you waiting for? Here are three mindful lessons about waiting from Nanalan’. 1. Waiting is part of the time it takes to grow. Mona’s storybook, Wendy Learns to W...
We Need to Talk
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Spirituality
24 Weeks to the Election
Recalling the American Zen Founder Shunryu Suzuki
Monkey Mind
Zen
Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. Gathering of Zen priests in San Francisco in the 1960s. Shunryu Suzuki Roshi is third from the left Shunryu Suzuki was born on the 18th of May, 1904, in a village about fift...
How to Give Your Full Attention
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Spirituality
“To listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.” Mark Nepo, poet, philosopher “When I’m at work and listening to someone in a conversation or meeting, half of me is listening and the other half is thinking about what I need to do to prepare for my next meeting.” A product design executive at a tech company in Par...
Dreaming of our Heart’s longing
Monkey Mind
Zen
Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. Rainbow over the Stupa at Wat Phone Sa Ath Phatiya Moungkoun Buddhist temple, Laosby Basile Morin On the 17th of May in 1900 L. Frank Baum’s the Wonderful Wizard of Oz was p...

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