Finding Grace at the Center

THE VALUE OF THE SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT

THE VALUE OF THE SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT

The silent meditation retreat is an amazing spiritual opportunity. It assists us in working with the most challenging aspect of meditation and spiritual practice……Integration and embodiment…….. Integrating and embodying meditation and spiritual practice into our everyday life post-retreat is the real purpose of a retreat….The…

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YOU CAN’T LEARN HOW TO PLAY TENNIS UNLESS YOU PLAY TENNIS!

YOU CAN’T LEARN HOW TO PLAY TENNIS UNLESS YOU PLAY TENNIS!

Many folks want to be spiritual or awakened or enlightened, but they don’t quite know how to go about it…It might be a good analogy to reflect on how we actually get to learn something as mundane and ordinary as how to play tennis for example….

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LIVING DEVOTION TO GOD…..THE DIVINE DANCE OF LOVER AND BELOVED

LIVING DEVOTION TO GOD…..THE DIVINE DANCE OF LOVER AND BELOVED

The mystery that we sometime call, “God” is not some nebulous force that simply placidly and in a detached manner, watches the world with no engagement or interest…The mystery we call God is both beyond the personal and yet is also entirely personal. Or perhaps…

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IS THE EGO THE ENEMY?

IS THE EGO THE ENEMY?

Often, we hear contemporary spiritual folks talk about the ego as if it is the devil. In traditional religion the devil has long been the scape goat that we blame all our woes on. But in reality, what we call “the ego” is not a…

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AWAKENING FROM THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

AWAKENING FROM THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

THE DARK NIGHT If it feels like everything is being destroyed in your life and all is being reduced to nothing, perhaps you are experiencing what has often been called, “the dark night of the soul”. In this spiritual emergency you have no objective perspective….

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The Embrace of Your Self

The Embrace of Your Self

Guest Blog by Mike Jenkins Blog Post Image by Phillip Schumacher www.nothingsayingthis.com  Whenever I invest in a self image that is not wholly true, I suffer. What is wholly true, embraces the absolute and relative realms of our directly experienced reality. It may be relatively true…

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What does being transgender, intersexed, lesbian or gay have to do with spirituality anyway? Should such as these just keep their mouths shut about it?

What does being transgender, intersexed, lesbian or gay have to do with spirituality anyway? Should such as these just keep their mouths shut about it?

In so many ways, I believe we must find a way to come to balance and integration in our Western society and adapt a spirituality that is appropriate to our time and context in the world, socially and culturally, psychologically and spiritually. We who are…

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Life as Practice

Life as Practice

While Francis is teaching and travelling, I’ll be sharing some guest blog posts here on Finding Grace at the Center. Francis has written a lot in recent weeks here on the blog and there’s much to reflect on. So, I hope you’ll enjoy some of…

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What is the point of “spirituality”? RADICAL TRANSFORMATION…

What is the point of “spirituality”? RADICAL TRANSFORMATION…

Essentially, we turn to spirituality because we want to change. Often people are drawn to spiritual interests, beliefs, and practices because there is some aspect of their lives that they are finding difficult and they somehow intuitively feel that the solution to their problem may…

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God is dancing the unique dance that is you and me………

God is dancing the unique dance that is you and me………

      Many people feel or believe that a spiritual awakening to the universal, transcendent Self beyond name and form somehow deletes or cancels out name and form altogether. They believe that once a deep abiding awakening happens, all psychological issues simply dissolve away…

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