Place your hand over your heart

Gently place your hand over your heart, Repeat the mantra: I’m at home in the Divine. As you sink more deeply into yourself, Add the mantra: The Divine is at home in me. Close your eyes and take it all in.

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Take a listening walk.

Take a listening walk. Really listen to the sounds that come in and out of awareness— a bird’s song, the whoosh of the wind, your shoes making contact with the pavement. Become receptive to the sounds around you, even ones you usually think of as unpleasant. Can you hear the stirring of the Divine? Practices…

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Monk in the World Guest Post: Colette Lafia

I am delighted to share another beautiful submission to our Monk in the World guest post series from the community. Read on for Colette Lafia’s reflection “Love is Our Anchor.” This past Spring, when wildflowers and poppies were blooming everywhere in Northern California, I felt my heart sing every time I saw a display of…

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The Heart of a Spiritual Mother

From The Divine Heart, chapter on “Vulnerability” In the courtyard of St. Mary’s Elementary School, in Miami, Florida, I looked up at Mary, the Holy Mother, eight feet tall, made of alabaster. The smooth white statue watched over all of us and became my friend. Running up to her every morning for six years, I…

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Let Your Life Be In Conversation with Me

I discovered these seven ways of inviting in God’s love. Underlying each is a question similar to one posed by James Finley, another core faculty member of the Living School: “How do you give yourself over to that which is giving itself to you?” *Receptivity, Delight, Expansiveness, Acceptance, Vulnerability, Mystery, Gratitude — A quote from my…

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