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Centering for Wisdom During the Coronavirus (in Harvard Business Review)

The science behind “Centering for Wisdom” is discussed in very helpful article that appeared earlier this week in the Harvard Business Review, “Managing Yourself: Coping with Fatigue, Fear, and Panic During a Crisis”by Tony Schwartz and Emily Pines.  Since we’re…

What is “Judging Mind”?

https://youtu.be/_4PRjTca0Mk ———————————————- When you take the Centering for Wisdom™ Assessment your individual results are displayed in this kite graph.  You’ll see your average scores in each of four categories.  You can think of this…

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What is "Desiring Mind?"

https://youtu.be/XzulugwID0I When you take the Centering for Wisdom™ Assessment your individual results are displayed in this kite graph.  You can think of this graph as a visual way to represent the field of your awareness, and the four categories are different kinds…

Your Centering Word – A Deceptively Simple Way of Dealing with Stress and Distractions

In Centering Meditation, or in Centering Prayer (if you’re doing this as part of your spiritual tradition), you choose a centering word, and every time you notice that you’re distracted or engaged with your thoughts…

Centering on Busy, Stressful Days

There’s a famous story told about Thomas Keating when he was first teaching Centering Prayer, the spiritual practice on which Centering Meditation is based. They were on a retreat, and a woman stood up and said…

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New Website & Resources for “Contemplation & Community” Book

Crossroads Press just released a new website that features our book, “Contemplation and Community: A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition.” You can check it out at https://contemplation-and-community.net/

How Marty McFly Learned “Centering for Wisdom™”

Marty McFly can’t stand being called “chicken’!” Just when Marty has overcome every obstacle, and he’s about to escape “back to the future,” someone says, “what’s the matter, McFly? Are you chicken?” If he would just walk away, he could go back to his normal…

Free Workshop Video – “Live Centered! for Success in Business (and Life)”

In case you missed it, here’s a recording of my recent workshop at the Blue Collar Speaker series at e3 Consulting.  In particular, I want to thank Chris and Mark Stone for the invitation and for the technical support! Take a moment now to check…

Mindfulness and the Welcoming Prayer During Anxiety Attacks

If you’ve ever experienced a panic or anxiety attack,* you know how terrifying one can be.  The worst one I’ve ever had occurred in graduate school – in the middle of an in-class research presentation! – where I actually fainted and was taken to the…

New Validation Study of the “Centering for Wisdom Assessment” Published!

In a world desperately in need of wise leadership and decision-making that benefit all people and the common good—including our planet and natural environment—we hope that the CWA can make a small contribution to enhancing this virtue of contemplative practical wisdom. (Bushlack and Bock, p….

A Quirky Reading List for the Contemplative Life

One of my favorite memories from my time as a college student at St. John’s University was the January-term of 2000, my senior year of college.  All of my roommates were gone for the month, I wasn’t taking any courses, and I set myself the…

Some of My Favorite Quotes about Contemplative Prayer, Meditation, Mindfulness

Over the past few years as I have been reading and researching in the world of contemplative prayer and meditation I have started to write down some of my favorite quotations – from ancient masters to modern scientists.  I thought some of you might also…

Mindfulness for Better Decisions

As we are now full-swing into the Holiday Season, we’re all thinking about how not to eat too much, and gearing up our willpower for a New Year’s resolution.  Having dedicated myself to exploring the intersection between contemplative practices and ethics, a recent post from…

“The Real Meaning of Meditation” – from Swami Rama

Have you ever noticed that when you make a commitment, set an intention, or begin to ask one of the big questions, that somehow you start to encounter a world teeming with responses?  I was amazed that after my post about creating a working definition…

Alignment: A Personal Story of Mind-Body Integration

The first person I think of when I hear the term “alignment” is B.K.S Iyengar.  He was one of the original students of Krishnamacharya in India, along with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois,  T.K.V. Desikachar, and Indra Devit.  These were the first pioneering teachers who brought…

Integration, Humanity, & (True) Strength

While pondering the state of our current political and cultural world, I have also been reading Daniel Siegel’s most recent book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human. Siegel has been claiming for decades that integration is the heart of health, strength, and…

Interdisciplinary Feedback on the Centering for Wisdom Assessment

Tonia Bock (Professor of Psychology, University of St. Thomas) and I were recently fortunate to be able to present the initial results of our validation study of the Centering for Wisdom Assessment tool at the fifth annual conference of the Jubilee Centre for Character and…

Improvements to the Centering Wisdom Assessment

To be totally honest, when I first created the Centering Wisdom Assessment (CWA) for use in my THEO 215: Christian Morality class, I didn’t exactly know what I was doing or where it would lead.  At the time I just wanted to create a formative…

Centering for Wisdom Assessment

In a world desperately in need of wise leadership and decision-making that benefit all people and the common good—including our planet and natural environment—we hope that the CWA can make a small contribution to enhancing this virtue of contemplative practical wisdom. (Bushlack and Bock, p….

Why Do We Practice?

People engage in a spiritual or contemplative practice for lots of reasons.  And I am one who believes that there is no bad reason to begin a practice.  In doing workshops with professionals and teaching mindfulness to my college students, I have found that one…

Email and Social Media as a Spiritual Practice – Part 2

Spiritual practices help us to become aware of the distinction between what we might call our “constructed self” and our “true Self.”  Or we might speak of the distinction between self and Self, or between what Tara Brach refers to as our real self and…

Email and Social Media as a Spiritual Practice – Part 1

Spiritual practices help us to become aware of the distinction between what we might call our “constructed self” and our “true Self.”  Or we might speak of the distinction between self and Self, or between what Tara Brach refers to as our real self and…

What is Practical Wisdom?

In the 2001 movie K-Pax, Kevin Spacey plays a character who claims to be an alien from a peaceful, nonviolent planet.  He seems baffled by the inability of humans to live peacefully with each other.  In one scene he is explaining to his psychiatrist, Mark…

Run Toward the Roar in the Dark Night

According to African proverbial wisdom, one way that lions would hunt a pack of animals is to have an older lion go around to one side of the herd, while the strongest members of the pride would wait on the other side.  The older lion…

A Vow to Stability; Amid Constant Change

On January 5, 2005, I stood in a private chapel in the crypt underneath the St. John’s Abbey Church and took vows as an Oblate of St. Benedict. These vows include “Stability, Obedience, and Conversatio Morum”  (usually translated as “fidelity to the monastic way of life,” implying an…

My Recent Interview on Nora Speakman’s Liminality Life Podcast

Here’s how Nora Speakman describes the “sacred space” she seeks to inhabit on her podcast, Liminality Life. sacred space, this liminal place of being. Liminality comes from the Latin word “limen” meaning threshold. It is the place where transformation happens if we will welcome it….

Bearing (True) Witness

I have just returned to civilization after spending four glorious days at the retreat house at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, CO, with the “New Contemplative Exchange”, where thirty of us gathered to pray, to listen, to sit together in silence, and to envision the…