Religion

“Religion goes beyond words and actions and attains to the ultimate truth only in silence and love.” — Thomas Merton, Contemplative, Author, Mystic, & Activist

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“In the world that lies ahead, how we live together with different points of view is going to become more and more important. I don’t know if we can make progress without a contemplative practice that alerts us to our own biases, prejudices and self-centered programs for happiness, especially when they trample on other people’s rights and needs.” Thomas Keating

I do not see religious conviction as a practice of mere belief, compliance, or appeasement of an angry demanding God, but as a doorway to an experience of 'knowing'. Within this knowing is the evidence that there is so much more to this life as a human being, not to be underestimated or diminished as "I am only human". We have a lineage of saints, mystics, scientists and thought leaders who have showed us through their lives and work that becoming "more fully human" (Greek: Anthropos) is a never-ending journey toward a greater and more fulfilling and abundant life. We hope you will join us in this journey in love.

“There is no greater need in the church and in the world today, than for the renewed understanding that the call to deep prayer is universal. Unity among Christians as well as…unity among different races and creeds rests upon our finding the inner principle of unity as a personal experience within our own hearts.” — John Main, Word into Silence

If Enlightenment is Empty of Everything, How Can There Be Love There? | Taja Anand

LoveMore Blog | July 7, 2020: Who cares about ‘the emptiness’ and ‘enlightenment! Until ‘you’ have ‘experienced’ both, they are just concepts and useless to ponder. Prior to experiencing them, you cannot ask the question. After experiencing them, you never would. Totally non-verbal. Ahh, but love…that you know already. Directly. When you discover what love truly Is, you realize that love not only is not missing from the emptiness and enlightenment… Read more →

The World Moves for Love | Dan Pedersen

Living with Confidence: We have more empathy for other people when we’re more intimately aware of their suffering. A name, a face, and specific details about what happened to them can help us relate to them and what they’re going through. Their story becomes more real to us and we begin to feel what we would feel if we were them. — Dan Pedersen

Dan Pedersen, who writes for Living With Confidence, has in my opinion, mastered the fine art of short and sweet blog posts. His entire article is not much longer than this quote, but does include a link to a short movie clip that illustrates his point. Read more →

Big Think/Edge Video: Author/Researcher Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) talks about work that he and Neuroscientist Richard Davidson at UW have done with olympic level meditators who have achieved 62,000+ hours of lifetime meditation, and the astounding results they have found in their brains. Read more →

2/17/2020 Why I’m a Christian (And Continue to Suck at Being One) by Benjamin Sledge—When I was 27, I met two men who forever changed the way I viewed Christianity. Both were covered in tattoos, occasionally used swear words, and liked beer. All the things I had been told growing up that got you kicked out of Club God they seemed to be doing. And honestly, it confused me. Weren’t they in “sin?”—Benjamin Sledge

This man won me over with this opening quote. There was much more to his article, but much of it was I saw as pointing to unconditional love, which we don't really hear about in "institutionalized Christianity" (even though Jesus did a pretty good job of living it) which has left us with a simple but not much to cheer about two-line story: do good and get rewarded, do bad and get punished, very punished for a long, long time. Read more →