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As we continue our training to become repairers of the earth, we explore Loving-kindness Meditation as a means to move from reacting to observing and responding – with compassion for both ourselves and others.
by John Pavlovitz Jesus told his disciples a story about sheep and shepherds; the sheep know the shepherd’s voice and He referred to himself as the gate through which the sheep enter. After I first went into ministry, I was pressed with deep theological questions that I was not supposed to ask publicly. I had […]
We have our annual one-day seminar on the enneagram coming up (always the first Saturday after Labor Day). We’ll be forming our enneagram groups the, to carry us through May. To get us ready, today Robin Camu speaks on how powerfully the enneagram, in the context of authentic community, promotes spiritual growth. Have a listen.
Forgiveness is a bedrock of the spiritual tradition tradition. If we don’t take it up, who will? But, forgiveness is tough! To be actually able to do it, requires a training regimen. We must till the soil of our wounds with small-step practices. One first-step exercise is to pray for one who has wronged us in a […]
Forgiveness is a skill that must be developed. It takes courage and strength, but when you engage in the process, you give yourself the gift of freedom – freedom from bitterness, freedom from allowing an incident continually harm you. Listen as we explore the 4-fold skill of forgiving.
It is nearly impossible for us to go directly from hated to love. The usual path is to go from hatred to resentment while telling ourselves that we should be loving. A healthier path is from hatred to non-hatred, from non-hatred to understanding, from understanding to acceptance and so forth.
Loving our enemy. Was Jesus serious? We Christians generally ignore this verse because we simply cannot see our way there. We are encouraged to begin this 1000-mile journey with a single step. We enable ourselves through a process of working our circle of spiritual practices – communal, contemplative, service and learning. As we start with loving […]
By Scott Bass We have a saying in our community that “It is our way to lose our way…” Losing our way is sometimes a good thing. The mystical experience is not part of most Christian’s journeys these days. We don’t see “the wilderness” or aimless wandering as a good thing in today’s goal-oriented culture. But spending time […]
by Chris Greabe Everyone has their own story about how they got to NRCC. Everyone’s wilderness journey is also a bit different, and many of us are still on that journey. Here is a bit of my own journey and what NRCC means to me.
A commitment to service is one essential part of a healthy spiritual ecosystem. But service absent discernment can, at best, waste resources, at worst, cause harm. For many years the discernment was that NRCC was to focus upon building the other parts of the spiritual ecosystem. Today, the call is to step into our place […]
The ancient myth of Sophia and her daughters illuminates a deep truth. The Way of Wisdom (Sophia) gives birth to the daughters, Faith (Fides), Hope (Spes), and Charity (Caritas). When we apply ourselves to the Way of Wisdom — when we take up the spiritual practices, the fruit of our journey is a new orienting principle […]
When we tend to the inner life, the fruit we bear is Love. Modern standards might think love a fool because it bears all things kindly. It does not boast or envy or keep score. But when we know the Divine within, we become capacitated to love fully, not because others have earned our love, […]
This week we discuss the Jewish heroine Esther who despite her youth, sweetness, lack of wisdom and traditional power, leveraged what she knew about the spiritual journey. She helps us see how counter-cultural spiritual power really is. Esther calls her people to to essential spiritual principles: quietness and togetherness. Exercising these principles, the Jews are spared. […]