Why Practice Spiritual Life? What Are We Searching For?

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Why Practice Spiritual Life? What Are We Searching For?

Why Follow a Spiritual Practice? There are groups who follow spiritual practices together. Some people practice disciplines they have followed all their lives, but do not know why. There are people who follow practices because “that is how we have always done it.” Some people were brought up with particular traditions and continue following them. […]

Spiritual Practices From the Inside Out: New Fields of Hope

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Spiritual Practices From the Inside Out: New Fields of Hope

Hope is not a mere feeling or attitude. Hope, like gratitude or curiosity, is a way of life. Developing our Hope Muscles Hope is not being unrealistic. It is deeper than knowing “things will work out well.” Our hope depends not on being disconnected from real life, but on experiencing life as it really is. Not […]

Leading Like a Monk: Leadership Begins in Stillness

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | 2 Comments
Leading Like a Monk: Leadership Begins in Stillness

We admire leaders who get us moving. They spur us to action by stirring something deep within us. Some leaders give us facts and information which present a challenge and how to meet it. Others connect with a feeling or memory deep inside us which moves us to act. There are leaders who show us a new […]

Making a Real Difference: Spending Our Days Wisely

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Making a Real Difference: Spending Our Days Wisely

Making a Real Difference There is deep spiritual power in knowing we are making a real difference. We want to know we will be remembered for our positive contributions. People struggle within themselves, desperately seeking the path for their lives. We desire assurance, certainty we help make the world a better place. Some of us […]

Spiritual Practices From the Inside Out: Discerning Hope

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Spiritual Practices From the Inside Out: Discerning Hope

Hope is the spark which lights the fire of inspiration. Without hope, why would we go on trying? What is hope? Some people say hope is a feeling, or a positive attitude. People tell me they are more hopeful in the morning, less hopeful as the day continues. Some people tell me we receive what we […]

Monastic Leadership

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 in Blog, Leadership, Monastic Strategies | 2 Comments
Monastic Leadership

We generally think of leaders as striking figures who inspire people to follow them. Leaders tend to stand out in a crowd. We see leaders persuading people with their words, their ideas, their larger-than-life personalities. A leader has a strong vision and guides people into working together toward shared goals. We think of a leader standing in front of a […]

Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and the Season of Lent

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and the Season of Lent

I am a member of a church where one liturgical season ends and another begins this week. This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season we call Lent. Lent is not about giving things up; not about chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, or social media. During Lent, we take an honest, insightful look at who […]

Spiritual Practices From the Inside Out: Following Our Path

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Spiritual Practices From the Inside Out: Following Our Path

There are people who spend their entire lives searching for the right path. Some of us have very specific requirements for the path we will choose to take. We want a good balance of sunlight and shade, not too wet and not too rocky. Some may prefer a gentle grade which is not too challenging to follow. We may […]

Creating the Future of Monastic Life

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog, Monastic Strategies | 2 Comments
Creating the Future of Monastic Life

From Egyptian deserts, to Italian caves, to stone monasteries, each generation creates monastic life. Our Story So Far It is easy for us to think monastic life is far away, hidden behind walls, shrouded in secrecy. We have pictures in our minds of robed religious people, chanting or being silent. Monastic life has always been […]

Spiritual life is Like Rain After a Long Drought

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in Blog, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Spiritual life is Like Rain After a Long Drought

The spiritual story of where we live is about land and water. We may disagree about politics, but we fight about land and water. As the drought developed over the last few years we slowly began to conserve water. One dry day at a time we came to see water, like our land, is something […]