Finding God in the Body

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body, director of the Refuge Meditation Group, & columnist at Elephant Journal. Finding God in the Body turns inward to examine the human condition, meeting personal suffering with heartfelt insight and transformative practice.

It steers clear of the wishful thinking, unfounded beliefs, and cynicism that define much of the spirituality genre. Ben Riggs leaves no stone unturned, addressing each stage of the journey as he explores the space between fundamentalism and atheism to uncover a spirituality that resonates with the modern, Western mind. Then he binds that view to an actionable path of self-analysis, prayer, and me

Triumph of Principles: A Story of American Spirituality in Twelve Steps 04/15/2021

Triumph of Principles: A Story of American Spirituality in Twelve Steps

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Triumph of Principles: The Story of American Spirituality in Twelve Steps argues that the 12 Steps are America’s greatest contribution to the world of spirituality. It unravels the threads of American thought that gave rise to each of the 12 Steps and provides detailed instruction for practicing those steps.

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Triumph of Principles: The Story of American Spirituality in Twelve Steps argues that the 12 Steps are America’s greatest contribution to the world of spirituality. It unravels the threads of American thought that gave rise to each of the 12 Steps and provides detailed instruction for practicing those steps.

I'm heartbroken. Pi**ed. Exhausted. But I'm also hopeful. 03/24/2021

I'm heartbroken. Pi**ed. Exhausted. But I'm also hopeful.

Buddy of mine, who gave me my start as a writer and lives in #Boulder, shared this much-needed message today. Please take the time to watch. youtu.be/6rIZIL6Bns0 via Waylon Lewis on Elephant Journal

I'm heartbroken. Pi**ed. Exhausted. But I'm also hopeful. Subscribe sometime, if you'd like these videos to continue: elephantjournal.com/subscribe~We have no idea what we're doing here on Elephant's youtube channel...

03/17/2021

Exciting news! Ben Riggs’ new book is now available for preorder on Amazon. Ebook only. Paperback launch is April 13, 2021.

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Exciting news! Ben Riggs’ new book is now available for preorder on Amazon. Ebook only. Paperback launch is April 13, 2021.

*Please help spread the word by sharing this post*

The Triumph of Principles tells the story of American philosophy and how it led to the creation of the Twelve Steps, America’s greatest contribution to the world of spirituality.
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[09/15/18]   Benjamin Riggs is at Blue Sky Yoga in Monroe, Louisiana today. He is teaching a contemplative Christianity workshop. Anyone interested in enlarging their spiritual life will enjoy the material covered, which includes both prayer and meditation. This workshop aims to make God less of an idea and more of a direct experience, active and present in all of our affairs. If you are in the area, please stop by at 1 pm.

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04/02/2018

Hope Rising

DAY 22: Benjamin Riggs

Music is a melodious stream; or, one might say, strategically placed moments of silence. These gaps allow the music to flow, and without them, there is nothing but clamor. And so it is with the stream of life. To live is to die. To pass from one moment to the next, we must shed the skin of the previous, and it is emptiness that allows for this process to unfold.

Growth is dependent upon space, or room to grow. This space is the strategically placed point of nothingness at our core. It is the poverty in which we all share, and it is in this poverty that we find God.

The unconscious wants to be made conscious; the formless given shape; potential yearns to be realized, and our True Self incarnated. If the Gospel’s say anything - anything at all - they say that God longs to be born into this world and that we are his midwife.

Entering our poverty is braving the wilderness. It is answering the call to adventure. Poverty manifests in the life of some as emotional insecurity and for others as financial hardship, but at its core it’s that point of nothingness: the womb from which God is born.

In our poverty we suffer the pains of childbirth, but not for naught. Each push exposes the artifice of ego, bringing us closer to the indwelling presence of God - the ground of meaning that substantiates our life. This the great mystery swaddling our lives: suffering is redemptive and poverty a source of great wealth. The struggles and hardships encountered along the spiritual path are not obstacles. They are the path, and narrow is the path that cuts through the wilderness in route to life; so narrow, in fact, that only in our poverty can we pass. For to live, we must first die. This is the “Sign of Jonah.”

Benjamin Riggs is the author of “Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West.” He is also a featured columnist for Elephant Journal, host of the Finding God in the Body podcast, and director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA. Ben has studied Buddhism and Contemplative Christianity for the past fifteen years in both Christian and Buddhist monasteries in India and the U.S. He lives in Shreveport, LA with his wife and son.

11/29/2017

Contemplative Light

I had a great conversation with Ben Riggs on the latest podcast episode. Hope you enjoy. It is also available on iTunes if you prefer to listen through your iPhone app.

https://www.contemplativelight.com/podcast/the-contemplative-light-podcast-episode-eight-ben-riggs-on-the-12-steps-and-contemplative-spirituality

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Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West

Many affirm the existence of God but fail to practice the presence of God. Finding God in the Body outlines a modern path of spiritual practice that invites God to be born into the world through our lives. This book offers clear instruction in the practices of contemplative prayer, meditation, and self reflection. Order on Amazon today.
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[10/03/17]   "Human character evermore publishes itself. The most fugitive deed and word, the mere air of a thing, the intimated purpose expresses character. If you act you show character; if you sit still, if you sleep, you show it." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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09/06/2017

Longview Healing Arts

Finding God in the Body#meditation #workshop September 16th. 11:30--3:30
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09/01/2017

Finding God in the Body workshop with Benjamin Riggs at Longview Yoga Studio Sept. 16th. Please share with any friends you know in the area.

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[08/31/17]   An infinite God is coextensive with all that is because it is the Isness of all that is. The only fact, so to speak, that is ever present is being. Every “thing” that has being participates in God by virtue of that being. If some ‘thing’ is true, which is to say, actually exists⸺then it has being. It derives that being from the ground of being, God.

Just as God is not a being but Being-itself, God does not exist, but is Existence-itself⸺to state otherwise is to beg the cause of God’s existence, thereby disqualifying it from consideration of the title “God.”

The revelation of being is inextricably linked to the possibility of experience; if we “is,” then Isness is reverberating at our core. In other words, if we are alive and awake, so too is the possibility of experiencing God here-and-now. In any given moment⸺whether at ease or stressed out and afraid⸺we need only relax down into silence of the Body and reconnect with the immediacy and vitality of God’s indwelling presence.

This is the function of prayer and meditation.

[08/29/17]   “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

08/18/2017

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Racism comes by Executive Order.

Following this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, it should come as no surprise that racism is alive and well. The overt hatred, bigotry, and ignorance chased a climax through a maze of civil unrest, conventional violence, and an act of domestic terrorism to finally arrive at a peak level of disgust with President Donald Trump’s “Many Sides” speech.

elephantjournal.com This statement is, to many white Americans, surprising and controversial.

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Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West

From Benjamin Riggs: "I wrote Finding God in the Body because I think meditation and contemplative spirituality has the ability to transform lives, and therefore the world. I prefer a down to earth approach to spirituality based in practice, not mere belief. I have practiced Buddhist meditation for nearly 20 years, and it is unsurpassed as a system of practice, in my opinion. I think the principles and insights elicited by Buddhist meditation are perfectly compatible with Christianity, and I go to great lengths to demonstrate this in the book. Furthermore, I believe when Judeo-Christian language is used to express those principles and insights, the practice is made more accessible to Westerners. If such a book sounds interesting to you, it may be purchased on Amazon using the link below. Have a great day."

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patheos.com 07/01/2017

Centering Prayer in 5 Easy Steps.

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refugegroupbr.blogspot.com 06/26/2017

And the Greatest of These is Love.

"Love sees life in everything. It recognizes the life that abides within every creature. Love is patient, kind, and endures all things, as anyone who has attended a wedding knows. Our knowledge, plans, and strategies will reach their wit’s end, but love never tires."

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06/16/2017

Mindful Christianity Today

Here is a great and easy read. Ben sent me a copy, and I confess I underlined his thoughts as I would Merton, Rohr or other contemplative authors. It is the story, and journey of his struggle of faith and his candid life story of experiencing God through his search in Christian meditation and Buddhist thought. It will positively impact your spiritual journey.

06/09/2017

Mindful Christianity Today

Thank you so much, Mindful Christianity Today

Here is a great and easy read. Ben sent me a copy, and I confess I underlined his thoughts as I would Merton, Rohr or other contemplative authors. It is the story, and journey of his struggle of faith and his candid life story of experiencing God through his search in Christian meditation and Buddhist thought. It will positively impact your spiritual journey.

patheos.com 06/01/2017

The magical missing ingredient to happiness.

Tom Rapsas reviewed Finding God in the Body for Patheos. Check out his review below:

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Review: Finding God in the Body | Rev. Susan Hetrick | Words and Pictures

A review of Finding God in the Body by the Rev. Susan Hetrick. You can order Finding God in the Body on Amazon here: amazon.com/dp/0692760229

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mailchi.mp 05/22/2017

Jesus Was Not Polite Company / The Role of Myth in Spirituality

Included in this edition of the Finding God in the Body newsletter by Benjamin Riggs: Jesus Was Not Polite Company and The Role of Myth in Spirituality (podcast).

mailchi.mp In this episode of the Finding God in the Body podcast, I talk about the role myth plays spirituality. I cover everything from storytelling, to Buddhist ta**ra and Christian mysticism, all the way up to groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. 

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