Our feature article, Contemplative
Spiritual Formation by Gerald May of Shalem Institute, defines
the central terms of contemplative spirituality and invites us to orient
our thoughts, actions, and feelings toward the goal of union with our
Source. Bill Stimson describes this Source as being both external and
internal to us in his essay, The
Splendor of Worship. In essence, we become what we worship.
Often we lose our ability to describe what we are experiencing in contemplation.
The anonymous 13th century author of The
Cloud of Unknowing encounters Linda Tiessen Wiebe, a member
of our web team, in a fictional dialogue about our use of symbols and
the inexpressibility of what, or who, we contact in meditation.
Reason and faith, body and spirit, science and religion maintaining
the balance is essential, yet it is easy to let go of one side of the
precious equation. As
a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg, reviewed by Linda Tiessen
Wiebe, explores the awkward and disastrous fight of spirit and mind in
the life of a first-century rabbi caught between cultures.
The Cloister Walk
by Kathleen Norris, reviewed by Lorna Derksen, reminds us that while we
struggle with our hard to fathom post-modern context, we have much to
learn from the monastic past. The way beyond our spiritual impasse is
the way back through community and ancient practices.
David Berg and Lydia Penner, local Watershed members, tell us about their
spiritual practices and how they regain spiritual equilibrium as the workaday
world swirls around them. Dave shares how Gerald Mays book The
Awakened Heart has provided practical advice on how to practice
contemplative spirituality when not in a cloister. Lydias experience
in yoga class leads her in a very natural way back to the spirituality
of her origins in Yoga
More Than a
Jim Penders introduction to his doctoral thesis, Restless
Hearts, places his spiritual journey under the microscope of academic
processes. His life experience unequivocally confirms the question of
the academic study of spirituality.
Contemplation involves the body, mind and spirit. In his article Facets
of Fat, Arthur Paul Patterson applies Ken Wilbers research
model to struggling with the social, emotional and spiritual problems
of eating disorders and their interpretations.
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