KIM MANLEY ORT

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Contemplative Questions during Quarantine

Contemplative Questions during Quarantine

Thomas Merton is one of my mentors in living a contemplative life. So, I thought I’d begin with his thoughts as a springboard for coming up with contemplative questions for this unique moment in history, when we are quarantined in our homes (if we’re lucky enough to...

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Meditation and Contemplation, Part 2

Meditation and Contemplation, Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about opening to awe and wonder, especially through nature. This leads the way to humility and reverence, pre-requisites for meditation. In this post, I’ll share more of Zajonc’s advice on being open and cultivating wakefulness from the second...

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Meditation and Contemplation, Part 1

Meditation and Contemplation, Part 1

I’ve never been able to sustain a sitting meditation practice, for whatever reason. But this year I’ve committed to doing so by starting out small - minimum ten minutes per day. My goal is not to banish all thoughts but to simply observe how my mind works, to observe...

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