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A 12-Minute Meditation for Self-Compassion and Loving-Kindness

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 transitions into a loving-kindness meditation where we’ll repeat phrases of compassion and kindness towards ourselves.  The intention of this practice is to help you replace self-criticism with kindness...

Making Room

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 about homeless queer youth. It’s about the terrible harm done to them when our eyes, and policies, are blinded to their human value. It’s about the love and protection that should be every child’s birt...

Making Room

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, handing them out to all the individual youths, some of whom continued crying, while others held up their phones to film the spectacle. As she handed out the gifts, many of the youths stammered out co...

Thank You, God

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 place to start with young children — are exactly what this inspiring board book offers. It's made up of brief, lyrical prayers of thanks for sunrise, family and friends, the beauties of the natural w...

With All Your Might

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 upon youand, through your works, draws you to itself;remain with only one feeling,that of continuing to immerse yourself in God. If your work is dull or exhausting,take refuge in the inexhaustible and ...

Make Us One

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 de Chardin: A Book of Hours by Teilhard de Chardin, Kathleen Deignan (ed.), Libby Osgood (ed.)

Mighty Nature

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

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 Teilhard de Chardin, Kathleen Deignan (ed.), Libby Osgood (ed.)

To Whom the Earth Kneels

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 the One to whom the Earth kneels. —Teilhard de Chardin in Teilhard de Chardin: A Book of Hours by Teilhard de Chardin, Kathleen Deignan (ed.), Libby Osgood (ed.)

Spiritual Quotation

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.)

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Queering Contemplation

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 from Barbara A. Holmes, James Finley, and the ancient philosopher Plotinus, Hall asks: “What would happen if we queered contemplation?” And that is what the book is about. Queering silence, queering my...

The Greatest Evil Is War

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 New York Times coverage of global terrorism that received a 2002 Pulitzer Prize — but also from his role as a Presbyterian minister who teaches courses to prisoners earning their college degrees. ...

The Greatest Evil Is War

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 'people who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead, turns himself into a monster.'* A...

Learning to Wait: Mindful Ideas From Nanalan’ 

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 Wait, illustrates how things in nature need time to grow and change, and it’s all just part of the process. Mona learns that in time, a tadpole will turn into a frog, while a tiny seed planted in a gar...

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24 Weeks to the Election

How to Give Your Full Attention

“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 Paris described his interpersonal habits this way at a mindfulness leadership program I facilitated. His experience is common. I hear it from businesspeople in pharmaceuticals, banking, publishing—in eve...

A 12-Minute Meditation for Learning About Our Biases

This meditation is a key part of our Racial Healing series, led by Tovi. This series offers a space for reflection, vulnerability, and learning, aimed at dismantling racism through emotional intelligence and cultural humility. Each session, including this one, builds on mindfulness techniques to explore race and racism, fostering deep, systemic change through personal and collective healing. Join us as we navigate these critical topics with compassion and awareness, striving for a more inclusive and mindful society. You can find the first artic...

Extreme Survival

Share In the face of climate change, we need two kinds of courage: the courage to act in ways that reverse or minimize damage and the courage that comes from knowing how to survive extremes if needed. This factual book for readers ages 9 - 12 considers both aspects, especially the courage that comes from having survival skills. Readers get to explore the most demanding conditions humans can face: in the Arctic Circle, the Depths of the Ocean, the Amazon Rainforest, the Australian Outback, Outer Space, and more. Each of 12 sections provides thin...

The Black Practice of Disbelief

Share This is a small book with a pivotal message. Pinn holds an endowed professorship at Rice University in Texas, and a PhD in the study of religion from Harvard. He’s a Black scholar who works at the intersection of African American religion and humanist thought. His intention is to dispel a misconception: “According to popular imagination in the United States, to be a Black American is to be a Black Christian.” He explains how in recent years the percentage of Black Americans without any connection to Christianity has grown. Then he demonst...

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