What I teach
I teach three aspects of contemplative practice. The grounding, the center, is always the contemplative practices themselves. The context is your life.
First, there is why practice? What is the point? What can the results be? Can it lead to a better life, to transformation? What about our connection with God? This also includes theological questions – what does the tradition of Christianity have to offer in terms of the history of contemplative practice? How does it fit in with spiritual formation and Christian discipleship?
Then, as I said, the center: the practices themselves. There are many practices of Christian origin that I have taught over the years.
- Lectio Divina (blog post)
- Centering Prayer (contemplative prayer)
- Praying the Rosary (blog post)
- Prayer of Examen (blog post)
- Praying the Hours
- Welcoming Prayer ( blog post)
Then, last but not at all least, I teach about what to expect. What happens when you practice? Where can we get stuck? Where’s God’s voice, anyway? Why isn’t my mind quieter? There are a whole host of questions that come up as we keep practicing.
How I teach
I teach with deep respect for each person’s individual history, tradition, experiences, theology, and perspective. I want you to take what is useful, and leave the rest. I want to deeply engage you with the Spirit, help you cultivate compassion for yourself, and others, and help you transform your relationships–with yourself, others, and the world around you.
I have a growing audio teachings page.