Mindfulness is not (only) about stress relief

Breathing is a means of awakening and maintaining full attention in order to look carefully, long, and deeply, see the nature of all things, and arrive at liberation. – Thich Nhat Hannah, Breathe, You are Alive When I was at BUD/s, the Navy SEAL selection course, the instructors taught a relaxation technique that they called 4×4

Your imperfections are an asset

Ignatius Loyola was founder of the Society of Jesus (more commonly known as the Jesuits). As a young man, he was very much like what many young men are today: vain and with aspirations of fame and glory. He was wounded in battle in 1521 and while recuperating at his family’s castle, was given books

Modern Trades: Freedom for Clarity

“Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America The Trade: Freedom in exchange for clarity If you feel like you don’t know what to do with your life and feel that existential ambiguity that makes you

Souls are like athletes

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Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity.

– Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain

Training grounds for the soul

My daughter needed surgery last year when she was four months old. The condition we were treating with surgery was not life threatening and the surgery itself was relatively low risk, but it was still terrifying as a parent. I couldn’t help but imagine the worst happening.

Pay attention

Small, seemingly insignificant events, ideas, and life circumstances can become occasions to discern God’s will and calling in your life. Both inner and outer events and circumstances can be read and interpreted as signposts leading to a deeper understanding of the way the Spirit of God is working in our daily lives. – Henri Nouen, Discernment: