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Why A Sangha Community Matters

Why A Sangha Community Matters A young student of Buddhism is recorded as having a conversation with the great Tibetan teacher, Trungpa Rinpoche. Trungpa reportedly said something like, “To practice is to walk the path between hope and despair, straight into the face of uncertainty.” He was not simply suggesting that there’s no solace in…
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The Mystery of Contemplative Prayer

The Mystery of Contemplative Prayer The more one lets go, the stronger the presence of the spirit becomes. The Ultimate Mystery becomes the Ultimate Presence. —Fr. Thomas Keating In a world obsessed with having and doing it all at an ever faster pace, why in the world would you devote thirty minutes a week to…
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Are You Truly Right?

Are You Truly Right? Recently I heard from someone who trains lawyers in how to evaluate potential jurors that a key question for attorneys to ask prospective jurors is “Do you have any bumper stickers on your car?” If the individual answers in the affirmative, then according to this procedure, that is reason enough…
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Becoming in 2019

Becoming in 2019 “What can we do? We can become a sign. Whatever happens, become a sign of joy and a fountain of divine love.” –Bede Griffiths, OSB As the new year is quickly approaching, it seems like it wasn’t all that long ago when we had this year’s resolutions on our mind.
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Part 2: Running to Empathy and Away from Ego

Part 2: Running to Empathy and Away from Ego In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how our ego-centric culture is driving our focus away from others and onto ourselves, making us a less empathetic population as a whole. Perhaps in technologically advances societies like the US, this problems permeates at a higher rate. In 2015, Guy Winch…
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Part 1: Running to Empathy and Away from Ego

Part 1: Running to Empathy and Away from Ego Today, it seems to me that I and everyone around me is constantly at war with their schedule. This battle with busyness is nothing new, and it only seems to intensify as we progress as a society. As our worlds become more interconnected through technology, it seems we constantly need…
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A Reflection on “Thin Places”

A Reflection on “Thin Places” In October of 2012, Patty Spears reflected on her recent experience at the Redemptorist Center for Renewal in the Sonoran Desert. Here, she served as the co-facilitator of Ascension Health’s program on management formation. She explains that she has spent a great deal of time here and in the companion…
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A Journey to True Self and Sainthood

A Journey to True Self and Sainthood In 2010, Patty Spears reflected on her trip to France on the Seton Heritage Pilgrimage in a blog post titled “Following a Saint to Become a Saint.” The purpose of this pilgrimage is to follow in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, founders of…
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Leadership Pilgrimage: A Program for Visionary Leaders

Leadership Pilgrimage: A Program for Visionary Leaders As a business professional, we know your responsibilities often feel insurmountable. We understand how many plates you spin to lead your employees, your families, and your lives well. We also know that in order to lead effectively and authentically, you need space to find spiritual depth and centeredness. The Seton…
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