Following Our Heartache: The Intersection of Yoga and New Monasticism

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“Yoga mats have become little island sanctuaries of peace. The time for that is over. We are now called to truly build community, to pool our talents, to share our heartaches and triumphs, and to use this energy in service of compassion and justice.” If a person reaches enlightenment with no one to serve, even [Read More...]

Early Christmas Joy: Meditating with the Advent and Christmas Stories

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The joy came to me early this year, in the form of Jan Johnson’s Taste and See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas. Johnson invites readers to enter into the stories through a sort of neo-Ignatian approach she calls “participative meditation.” We read each narrative and then place ourselves within it, either as a [Read More...]

Christmas as a Season: Sybil MacBeth’s “The Season of Nativity” and a Holiday Revolution

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“The whole Nativity Season deserves to be relished.” ~Sybil MacBeth There is perhaps no holiday for which it is possible to go more “all out” than Christmas. Stores start their marketing campaigns before the calendar has turned to Fall; Christmas trees go up before Thanksgiving dinners have even been digested (or earlier!); yards quickly fill [Read More...]


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