spiritual disciplines

iPod Nation: The Lost Art of Silence

The other day I was stopped at a traffic light and I saw a man who looked to be in his 60s crossing the street with the ubiquitous white cords hanging down from his ears.  iPods are not just for the young any more.  Portable music players have allowed us to fill the last remaining gaps of silence that occur when we are away from TV, radio, stereos and other sound sources.  I’m not sure that that is a good thing.

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How to Meditate

Today I want to share some further instructions on Christian Meditation. This week in my class we are practicing a very simple method that comes from Madame Guyon (1648-1717). She was quite a mystic so I don’t necessarily agree with everything she said, but these instructions are quite simple and… Continue reading

Solitude and Community

I am currently attending my class up in Portland, and I found a way to get internet access. So I want to share a few thoughts from today’s class.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a pastor in Germany who spoke out against Hitler and was eventually executed for his stand. For… Continue reading

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"True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less." -- C. S. Lewis