Since today is world poetry day, I thought I would post one of my poems – God In All Things – published in ‘The Other Side of Light’: The great dialectic, Immanent, yet transcendent, mysterious, yet knowable, God in all things. God within, God without, God above us, God before us, ever about us. … More Celebrating World Poetry Day!
Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation. Learn how to contemplate works of art. Learn how to pray in the streets or in the country. Know how to meditate not only when you have a book in your hand but when you are waiting for a bus or riding … More Thomas Merton on Meditation
It was Cicero who once said, ‘gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.’ Many people since have concurred with this statement. The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast OSB, founder of ‘A Network for Grateful … More It’s Good To Be Grateful!
A recent study by Northeastern University’s David DeSteno, published in Psychological Science, gives a fascinating insight into the impact of meditation on interpersonal harmony and compassion. According to DeSteno, “The truly surprising aspect of this finding is that meditation made people willing to act virtuous – to help another who was suffering – even in the face of … More Can Meditation Really Make You A More Compassionate Person?
As the musician and activist Kathy Mattea once sagely observed: ‘That’s the great paradox of living on this earth, that in the midst of great pain you can have great joy as well’. Nowhere have I observed this paradox played out with such thought-provoking beauty and profundity than in the experimental non-narrative documentary by Ron … More Paradox And Interconnectedness: Seeing The World Through New Eyes
As a mindfulness practitioner myself, I’ve often struggled to articulate the mechanisms through which meditation might actually work, mainly because there hasn’t been a plethora of scientific literature on this subject. But that might be about to change. Rick Nauert, in his recent article on Psych Central entitled ‘Controlling Brain Waves May Be Key to … More Controlling Brain Waves: The Secret Of Meditation’s Success?
“I liked the solitude and the silence of the woods and the hills. I felt there the sense of a presence, something undefined and mysterious, which was reflected in the faces of the flowers and the movements of birds and animals, in the sunlight falling through the leaves and in the sound of running water, … More The Solitude & Silence of the Woods…
In the 2002-2003 school year, there were 41 murders in the neighborhood of Visitacion Valley Middle School in the San Francisco area. Students were busy playing “cops and robbers” with real guns, and many suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the violence they had witnessed in their lives. Then, in 2007, the … More Meditation And Contemplation Has A Dramatic Effect In An Unexpected Place
The question as to whether or not we are hardwired for religion and spirituality is an important one from a range of different perspectives says pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg. The philosophical, theological and biological implications of the answer to this question are profound. “When we look at how the brain works, we see it’s … More The Human Brain: Hardwired for God?
Reuben Margolin is an incredibly talented kinetic sculptor, crafting beautiful pieces that move in various patterns, including raindrops falling and waves combining. Margolin’s installations are as dramatic as they are mesmeric, reflecting an art-form that is meditative and almost spiritual, inspired as it is by maths and nature. Amazing. You can see Margolin talk about … More Transfixed: Sculpting Waves in Wood and Time