Rule of Life Self-Paced Workshop

By Rebecca Hall Any time of new beginning is a good time to write or re-visit our rules of life.  What is a rule of life?  Simply put, it is a framework for our lives that includes recognizing and honoring our major life commitments (which I call vocations), supporting practices…

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Beginning a Contemplative Practice

By Lynda Young Kaffie and Joyce Palevitz Welcome to this section on beginning a contemplative practice! The practices and ideas described here may be called “meditation”, or “contemplative prayer”, or “centering prayer”, (and other names!). This practice has a very long history in many traditions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and…

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Practicing Meditation Like A Mystic

Practicing Meditation HandoutDownload By Rebecca Hall The Abbey’s reading group studied The Cloud of Unknowing and the Book of Privy Counsel, mining these ancient texts for helpful instruction and encouragement for our own contemplative practice.  We found this book simultaneously deeply insightful and challenging.   At times the author, referred to…

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Keeping the Sabbath

Welcome to this section of The Abbey, entitled “Keeping the Sabbath”. The resources provided here will help you gain renewed appreciation for Sabbath time – and especially what it can mean for us in our current cultural context. You will find ideas for how to create a Sabbath time that…

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Labyrinth Walking as a Spiritual Practice

The labyrinth at St. David's Episcopal Church The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world.  By walking our replica of the Chartres labyrinth (laid on the floor of Chartres Cathedral around 1201), you are rediscovering a long forgotten Christian…

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