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Contemplative Practices: Personal Practice

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     3000 Miles to Jesus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life for Spiritual Seekers               Becoming Rooted: One Hundred Days of Reconnecting with Sacred Earth          Bread for the Day: Daily Bible Readings and Prayers, Year B 2021          Picture of Centering Prayer     Dear Anxiety, Let's Break Up: 40 Devotions to Conquer Worry and Fear          Dimming the Day: Evening Meditations for Quiet Wonder     Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee     Earth Bound     Eternal Heart: The Mystical Path to a Joyful Life     Every Thing is Sacred     Feed the Wolf: Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis     Heart Medicine by Radhule Weininger     The How     How Not to Be Afraid: Seven Ways to Live When Everything Seems Terrifying     I Am Diosa     A Journey of Sea and Stone: How Holy Places Guide and Renew Us     Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder's Meditations on Hope and Courage     Listening to the Heart of Genesis               The Power of Ritual     Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a  Restless World | Broadleaf Books     Reconnect     9781587435386.jpg          Cover for Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul                         The Universal Christ (Paperback)               Wild Belief: Poets and Prophets in the Wilderness

Journals

Create Your Own Calm     Picture of Get Outside     Made Out of Stars     Wonder Seeker

In Our Library

In God's Presence: Theological Reflections on Prayer          The Thirst of God

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion offers 10 Self-Compassion Practices for the Crisis in Ukraine.

WE CONSPIRE

We Conspire is a monthly email from the Center for Action and Contemplation featuring wisdom and stories from the emerging Christian contemplative movement and alternative orthodoxy.

Learn more and sign up here.

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We are humbled to be featured in Living Lutheran's January, 2022 article and study guide, Contemplating the New Year; Lutherans Explore Meditation, Mindfulness, and Contemplative Practices; article by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni; study guide by Robert C. Blezard.

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Richard Rohr spent a week Contemplating Creation; The Dance of Life features a singular moment of awareness from Sherri Mitchell (Penobscot).

Daily Round from Kitty O’Meara.

John Dear's 2013 inspired reflection on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s book, Thou, Dear God.

Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation: always profound.

Three lists of Music Curated for Yoga

Poetry Unbound, with Padraig O Tuama, can be found on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsOvercast, or wherever you listen. Poetry Unbound+, featuring Padraig O Tuama interviewing poets about how their work explores biblical narratives and characters, can be found on The On Being Project's YouTube Channel.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church's Thin Places, is a quarterly ecumenical newsletter of writings and individual, small group and congregational prayer opportunities.

Upper Room Books offers a free daily prayer email, New Every Morning.

Websites

Alignment: Interfaith Contemplative Practices - Home | Facebook

Alignment shares contemplative practices so that learning to pray together, we might work for justice together.

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.

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Wood & Water offer online retreats throughout the year on topics addressing current events and issues.

 

OnBeing's A Care Package for Uncertain Times: a collection of podcasts, poetry, meditations and reflection for however you’re processing this moment.

The Center for Action and Contemplation shares Fr. Richard Rohr's Daily Meditations, offers numerous helpful podcasts, excellent online courses, their intensive Living School - and much more.

Minnesota Contemplative Outreach offers:

Video

     

Earth Monastery              Monk in the World

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

Lapping Waves at Sunset on Lake Superior is nine minutes of calm and respite.

A fantastic book; and the trailer is a beautiful contemplative practice.

           

Mindful Silence is a film series featuring Phileena Heuertz and her book Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation. See also the 14 films of Earth, Our Original Monastery based on Christine Valters Paintner's book of the same name.

Courses & Webinars

A 6-part course based on Diana Butler Bass's Grateful. Includes lectures, mini-practice sessions, and conversations with other writers about how giving thanks has made a difference in their lives.

Register here.