Sitting in a Dark Church Late at Night

"When you really look for me, you will see me instantly - you will find me in the tiniest house of time" - Kabir One of my favorite childhood memories is sitting in a dark church, late at night, with my dad. The spiritual community I grew up in had a rich tradition of contemplative services and seasonal devotions. During these seasonal periods of renewal that typically lasted from one to three days, parishioners were invited to deepen their spiritual practice and reflection. In order to help people achieve this, the church was left open 24 hours a day. Folks were invited to simply drop by the church during a time when they might not ordinarily go such as early in the morning before work, per

No In-Between Moments

"Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen Master and mindfulness teacher aptly points out that one reason we might want to practice mindfulness is that most of the time we are unwittingly practicing its opposite; When framed this way, we might want to take more responsibility for how we meet the world inwardly and outwardly; especially given that there just aren't any 'in-between' moments in our lives."' -Jon Kabat-Zinn, in Coming To Our Senses In the weekly mindfulness meditation class that I teach, participants often say: "I wish I practiced more in between classes," or, "Practicing only once a week isn't enough for me." These expressions reflect an understandable desire to experience the ben

A Quiet Revolution - Mindfulness and Relationship: Therapists are Learning New Ways to be with Their

A Quiet Revolution Mindfulness and Relationship: Therapists Are Learning New Ways to Be With Their Clients By Jerome Front © 2008 “A Quiet Revolution” was originally published as the Cover Story in the Jan/Feb 2008 Psychotherapy Networker. 2009 Award Winner as part of The Psychotherapy Networker’s 2009 UTNE Independent Press Award for BEST Writing. Synopsis: This article highlights the way mindfulness and the process of contemplative retreat can be used to cultivate relational skills, coping skills, etc. Direct requests for permission to reprint at: If you reference this article in your writing, please let us know, we would be interested in the applications. It's only

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