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Contemplative Practices: Introductions

resources to support contemplative beginners and adepts, including individuals, families, small groups and congregational practices

Books & PDFs

12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life          Coming to God in the Stillness: Discovering the Power of Contemplative Prayer          Flee, Be Silent, Pray          

Introducing Children

Picture of 3-Minute Prayers for Brave Boys     Picture of 3-Minute Prayers for Courageous Girls     Picture of Breathe     The Empty Pot     This beautiful picture book teaches kids to connect with themselves, with others, and with nature          Click to go to detail page for Something Beautiful     There's No Wrong Way to Pray

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

devozine Circle Mandala

Devozine introduces the practice of coloring mandalas.

Rev. Dr. Cameron Trimble offers a succinct and lovely introduction to Contemplative Prayer that will assist beginners and support the adept.

Franciscan Friar Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation (week of 08.30-09.05) focuses on the True Self/Separate Self, a concept central to contemplative practice. Daily posts include:

See Cynthia Bourgeault's & Rohr's comments on Father Thomas Keating:

And see Howard Thurman's introduction to his own practice:

For those who feel they “can’t meditate” Michel LeGribble offers words of wisdom and encouragement.

Websites

Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites this international, interdenominational community.

An online daily devotion that includes leading questions for reflection and/or discussion.

The Labyrinth Society has a page of resources specifically for children.

Video, Webinars & Courses

iBme's website is informative. Retreats and courses may be life-changing.

Dr. Kristin Neff offers free Tips for PracticesGuided Meditations, and Self-Compassion Exercises

You Are Still Beloved, a contemplative poem read by author Sharon Seyfarth Garner; you can read along and freely download some contemplative coloring (aka, mandala).