The School for Contemplative Living

Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!

We are a faith collective of many small contemplative communities. A unique mix of participants gather weekly, monthly and/or annually for a wide variety of classes, retreats, workshops, and groups for contemplative practice, practicing the presence of God. See website for details at www.thescl.net. Vows for A Contemplative Community The Consecrated Hour We offer one hour, set aside each day, for "God alone." Let other time be dedicated to sacred reading, reflecting, thinking, writing, other forms of prayer, communicating with others, serving the needs of the world. We give one hour for the love of God alone: loving God for God's own sake; breathing our way into union with the Divine, practicing the presence of God. We let there be no other purpose to this hour. We do not seek to receive messages. We do not try to figure out the problems of our lives, or those of others. We do not try to fix anything. There is a place in the soul where we are not broken. We go to this place of innate wholeness in the inner being. We enter there the sanctuary of the soul. We bow before the One who has called us into being. We practice simple being for one little consecrated hour, breathing in the Presence. No need for words when with this One. Here begins our contemplative call. The Consecrated Day Just this day given to God: turning all our efforts and cares over to the One who cares for us; serving in more than our own strength; becoming activists under the moment by moment guidance of the One who calls us to kingdom activity; working from the Source, out of the fullness God gives in each moment. This day is not about working to exhaustion, or frantically striving to save the world, while we become empty. We have known that life, and it is no longer our life. We live our days in consecration now. We do not answer every call to busyness. We do not work outside our personal giftedness, just because we can. We keep turning to the Giver of Life, all through the day, asking, "Is this You calling?" As we encounter each person we keep leaning into that spiritual intuition to learn when to speak and when to keep silent, when to act and when to remain still. Union with the Divine does not end with the first hour of the day. Herein is our consecrated, contemplative day. The Consecrated Life Our decisions are made in union with the Holy. We cannot rely on reason and logic alone, as they never did contain the greater wisdom we sought. We seek something Higher and Truer as a Source of guidance now. We listen deep. We listen long. We bring our longing Home, and find there the way to a consecrated life. We seek clearness in our lives in consultation with the Contemplative Community. We know our judgments can become skewed, our purposes unbalanced. So we turn to each other, trusting that a Voice from the Inner Sanctuary will emerge from group listening. We regularly gather as a community for worship, sharing our lives, mutual support of our consecrated intention to live the contemplative life, joyful fellowship, and periods of discernment for our individual and community lives. In these vows we have committed our lives to become A Contemplative Community, contemplatives serving the world through prayer and action.

Mission: Our Mission: Creating contemplative communities who practice the presence of God for personal transformation and compassionate service with the world.

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere

The day arrives, the time comes knocking at the door, when the new book needs to be birthed and a lively dialogue begins. This is how the story begins: "At the center of our being is a point…which belongs entirely to God…a pure diamond blazing…I have no program for this seeing. It is only given. But the gate of heaven is everywhere." Thomas Merton… [ 540 more words ]
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If you want to grow your compassion skills but do not know how, we have just the program for you:
Compassion Cultivation Training is an 8-week course and we are registering people now for online classes beginning the first week of June.
See our website or the website of the Compassion Institute for details, and contact William Thiele at [email protected] with questions or to register.

New online SCL groups

During the stress of the pandemic could you use a little self-compassion? Join us as we gather online to explore the three components of self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness through reading, exercises, and meditations from:

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook
Begins Wednesday, May 13, 11:30 am-1 pm
Email William Thiele for the class Zoom link at [email protected]
Order your workbook now if interested.

Beginning in June:
Compassion Cultivation Training (8 weeks of online classes)
Flyer is below to share with friends. Registration is open.
This experiential training has details on the website of the Compassion Institute at www.compassioninstitute.com. Suggested cost: $350 (to the School, with partial scholarships available). Send questions to [email protected].

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Resilience Now: Episode 7 Four More Practices

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In this final episode, Dr. William Thiele explores Eating, Meditation, Meditation in Community, and Cultivating Contentment and Gratitude. The challenge is t...

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Resilience Now Episode 6 Seeking Visual Inspiration

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What are you seeing which inspires you. I suggest looking for videos like John Krasinski's youTube series, "Some Good News," or SGN.

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Resilience Now Episode 5 Giving Back

Share with friends and keep reflecting on "What practices are saving your life?"

One practice to help save our lives in these times of pandemic is looking for our own best ways to give back. The metaphor here is making a difference to the...

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Resilience Now Episode 4: Exercise

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In this episode, I suggest exercise helps release our extra pandemic anxiety and the accompanying chemistry like cortisol and adrenaline, and how exercise of...

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Resilience Now Episode 3: Yard Work: Do things that give a sense of immediate accomplishment.

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In this episode I share why I am doing yard work as an example of doing something that gives an immediate sense of accomplishment and efficacy in a time when...

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Resilience Now Episode 2: Reading for Inspiration

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In this episode I invite viewers to consider using the pandemic times to read for inspiration instead of information, and share examples like poetry and a bo...

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Resilience Now: Episode 1 "Beauty Bathing"

What practices are saving your life by building resilience now? In this series I explore 10 of mine.

I am Dr. William Thiele, spiritual director for the School for Contemplative Living. In this new series I am a sharing 10 practices which are helping to save...

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"In times like these" Episode 6: Gentle and Fierce Aspects of Self Compassion

Dr. William Thiele briefly summarizes the gentle and fierce sides of self-compassion from the work of Drs. Kristen Neff and Chris Germer, as a challenge of c...

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Giving up hope (wishing)

Dear ones,
In the seismic global shift of the pandemic, as the very ground under our feet falls away a little more each day, what if we quit trying to get things back to normal and instead tried "giving up hope."
From the opening sentence of chapter 7 in Pema Chodron's book, When Things Fall Apart, an insight is arising which might also speak to you. [ 614 more words ]
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soulcare4u.wordpress.com Dear ones, In the seismic global shift of the pandemic, as the very ground under our feet falls away a little more each day, what if we quit trying to get things back to normal and instead tri…

[03/28/20]   We switched classes online and you can email William Thiele for Zoom links to each group. Come “see” us next week. www.thescl.net.

Seeds and Souls

For those looking for healthy rhythms in their lives, especially right now, you are invited to join in guided meditation times next week! Monday - Thursday, I will be posting ZOOM links for those who would like to practice guided meditation in a virtual room with others. I will be facilitating, using both Christian and Non-Religious models. Each session will last 20-25 minutes!

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"In times like these" Episode 4: Service

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In this episode Dr. William Thiele, founding spiritual spiritual director of the School for Contemplative Living, shares the importance of creatively express...

Come join us in Nashville March 27-28!

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Freedom

I am sitting near my mother-in-law and wife in the living area of my mother-in-law's apartment in Texas. Nothing special is happening, nothing at all. We are just sitting, reading, having thoughts, occasionally speaking, and finishing breakfast. The cat inside is napping. The stray cat on the porch is too. They are masters of contemplation, awakened ones, neither fretting over the past or worrying about the future. [ 683 more words ]
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soulcare4u.wordpress.com I am sitting near my mother-in-law and wife in the living area of my mother-in-law’s apartment in Texas. Nothing special is happening, nothing at all. We are just sitting, reading, havin…

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The Art of Being Present | Maria Shriver

mariashriver.com The Art of Being Presentby RYAN HOLIDAY The following is an excerpt from “Stillness Is the Key” by Ryan HolidayThe decision in 2010 to title Marina Abramović’s four-decade retrospective at MoMA in New York City The Artist Is Present all but preordained the monumental performance that would co...

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Heartfulness, Even at Wonder Cuts!

Here's the thing about the life of a contemplative missionary, heartfulness can sneak up on us in so many unexpected places and people and ways. It can happen anywhere and everywhere: even at Wonder Cuts! Like this: He was a new hair stylist at Wonder Cuts, the only man I had ever seen cutting hair there. He was young and enthusiastic, with a young man's beard and that fast-talking way that elders sometimes have trouble following. [ 1,089 more word ]
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soulcare4u.wordpress.com Here’s the thing about the life of a contemplative missionary, heartfulness can sneak up on us in so many unexpected places and people and ways. It can happen anywhere and everywhere: even at…

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“You Shine!”

The evening’s compassion training groups had been full and rich, and I just had to let the men fresh out of the Angola State Prison know what was in my heart before they headed back out into the night, “When you are speaking from this space of fiercely protecting your recovery, you shine!” We shared a few hugs and fist bumps and rolled into the wild world, all of us feeling a bit lighter than when we walked into the stark room for the Reentry Program of the 24th Judicial Court in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. [ 1,081 more word ]
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soulcare4u.wordpress.com The evening’s compassion training groups had been full and rich, and I just had to let the men fresh out of the Angola State Prison know what was in my heart before they headed back out into the ni…

Center for Action and Contemplation

Richard Rohr founded the Living School in part to spread the good news that “Mysticism isn’t an exclusive, esoteric club to which a few people belong. It’s not only found in monasteries or ashrams but in ordinary people, in all of us.” The spiritual, cultural, and professional diversity of Living School students is a testament to the truth that we can all cultivate mystical wisdom. Beverly Lanzetta writes, “Far more than a meditative practice or a temporary respite from worldly concerns, contemplation revolutionizes conventional attitudes and roles in order to transform the foundation upon which life is lived….” Quoting Catholic priest and Zen master Pat Hawk, she continues, “Although contemplation and mysticism can invoke rarefied experiences, ‘the true contemplative does not strive for unity of Divine and human only at specific times of prayer, but in all circumstances and conditions of daily life: washing dishes, caring for children, family, work, sleeping.’”

While we may hope to receive “mystical wisdom” during times of contemplation, it may also come under the “conditions of daily life: washing dishes, caring for children, family, work, sleeping.” How might we remain open to encounters with the Divine under those circumstances? Read more: http://ow.ly/4Swc30phlQ2

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The chant just came to me.

It was late in the evening and I was practicing slow-motion walking meditation around the living room. I was quietly singing a chant-song we learned from Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault: "Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know. Be still. Be," (Psalm 46:10). I invited the singing bowl in my hand to sing with each step. [ 529 more words ]
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soulcare4u.wordpress.com It was late in the evening and I was practicing slow-motion walking meditation around the living room. I was quietly singing a chant-song we learned from Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault: “Be stil…

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I'm on the front page of the Style section of the New York Times today. You probably never expected to find me there!

I really enjoyed my time talking with the writer, Penelope Green.

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Courageous in their Recovery

David Whyte writes: "Courage is a word that tempts us to think outwardly, to run bravely against opposing fire," etc. But he notes the word's origin, from the old Norman French, is rooted in Coeur, or heart. "Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work, a future," (Consolations). [ 917 more words ]
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soulcare4u.wordpress.com David Whyte writes: “Courage is a word that tempts us to think outwardly, to run bravely against opposing fire,” etc. But he notes the word’s origin, from the old Norman French, i…

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Religious Sisters with Down syndrome: the joy of shared contemplative life - Vatican News

vaticannews.va The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb live in the centre of France. They are the first contemplative community in the world to welcome into ...

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Daily Dig for July 18

plough.com Eberhard Arnold: To a responsible conscience, the only justification for fleeing the confused and hectic whirl of contemporary culture so as to withdraw into the inward self is if doing so will increase our fruitfulness.

Center for Action and Contemplation

Living God’s justice means seeing Jesus everywhere and in everyone—no exceptions. Reclaim a loving image of God with this 3-week intro email series “Another Way to See Justice.”

Parker J. Palmer

Mary Oliver has an amazing way of using very few words about things as simple as dirt to express meaningful and challenging truths.

There's no better example than this excerpt from "One or Two Things.” (At http://tinyurl.com/y672a7va, you can read the entire poem.)

The meaningful truth here, of course, is about how important it is to pay attention to “now,” which is really all we have. The past is gone and the future is yet to be...

But "now" is not merely a moment in time. It's the people we're with, it’s what we're doing, it’s what's happening in the world around us, it's the needs of others, and it's the condition of our own souls.

Memo to Self: Don’t sleepwalk through this day! Pay attention, and respond in life-giving ways to what you feel, hear, and see. This is the life you’ve been given, and you’re lucky to have it: “now" is enough, and more than enough. Your little part of the world would be better off if you gave it the respectful attention it deserves, and so would you...

SuperSoul

Start your week by registering for an inspirational Compassion Conference to spark your joy and uplift your spirit. Registration link here: https://vanderbilt.irisregistration.com/Site/CompassionConference2019.

You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
—John O’Donohue

When harried, try a little silence, solitude, and inner stillness. Not sure where to start? Not wanting to go it alone on that journey?
There are 3 spots left for the silent retreat in community at Rosaryville near Ponchatoula, April 8-10, with Lisa Frost as spiritual guide. For information you can contact her at [email protected].

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This immigrant-owned restaurant in Washington, D.C. just blocks from the White House feeds the homeless and poor every single day as if they were full paying customers, no questions asked.

Wow. Blown away. >> https://bit.ly/2SkKfb1

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Upcoming Events

Class Series at Tibetan House:
Studying the Buddha Way with Rev. Michaela O'Connor Bono
4 Tuesday nights at Tibetan House
Begins March 12, 7:00pm-8:45
Sliding Scale $80-100
Register ahead or show up on first evening
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This class will explore how the fundamental teachings of Buddhism relate to our daily life and practice. Every class will include meditation and unpacking essential Buddhist teachings with depth and aliveness.

tibetanhouse.com 4 Part Class Series Tuesday evenings March 12- April 2 7:00pm-8:45pm To register, contact Tibetan House, [email protected] This class will explore how the fundamental teachings of Buddhism relate to our daily life and practice. Every class will include meditation and unpacking essential Buddhist...

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Our Mission: Creating contemplative learning communities who practice the presence of God for personal transformation and compassionate service with the world. Our Community: A favorite quote by Thomas Kelly, a Quaker author, in A Testament of Devotion, 1941 says: "Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return." As an evolving group we seek to come to that inner sanctuary of the soul as often as we can, both in solitude and in community. Perhaps each of us in our own way is simply seeking to live a life, and serve the world, from that sanctuary. By the way, we are actually many little communities. We gather in homes and churches of various denominations. Many of us follow the Way of Christ, yet there are practicing Jews, buddhists, agnostics, and members of Alcoholics Anonymous among us who simply live through a Higher Power. But together we engage in contemplative practices which bring that same sense of oneness with the One, no matter what names we use. Some people come to one gathering or another and have no contact with others in other places. This means that you would be welcome to be part of the community, too. Interested? Notice our contact information. You can start with contacting William Thiele, a founding spiritual director for the School. Come be one with the One alongside us. We like to make friends!

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