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Be Present

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and suddenly noticed a look in their eyes as if they were circling the moon? The pace of today’s hectic society—with all of its competing priorities, multimedia blitz, and information overload—is full of distractions that pull us out of the present. Tuning in to our breathing can be a way out.
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Let's Refocus on Faith

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming during a conversation, realizing you haven’t heard a word? Perhaps you were thinking about work, a sick relative, or even the crazy state of the world. Before you go on a guilt trip, remember that you are human and sometimes it takes a conscious effort to be present—to stay tuned-in to spirituality.
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A Monday Meditation

The world is in an uncertain place right now. Anxieties are running high. I remember how I, not long ago, cycled across town to a pub on the Philadelphia waterfront. I sat at a table with a breathtaking river view: piers lined with magnificent sailboats, water splashing gently against the dock. We had gone from dodging traffic to the serenity of the majestic Delaware River in a matter of minutes. My thoughts transitioned to meditation.
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Meditation: Prayer from the Heart

How do we begin to meditate? The way of meditation I would recommend is in many ways universal, but also an integral part of the Christian tradition of prayer. In this tradition it is called the “prayer of the heart.” This distinguishes it from either mental prayer or the external forms of worship with which many Christians have come to identify prayer.
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5 Minutes to Mindfulness

“Time is going by so quickly!” I hear that comment nearly every day from relatives, friends, patients, and even strangers I chat with at the grocery store. Life seems to be whizzing past at lightning speed. We all say we’d like to slow it down, but, in the midst of our super busy, modern lives, how can we do that?
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Adopting a Contemplative Mantra

“God has no rivals, and therefore as a child of God, neither do I,” the monk taught. I was on retreat attending a class at Saint Meinrad Archabbey—a Benedictine monastery in southern Indiana—taught by Father Adrian Burke, OSB. “I have no rivals,” he repeated.
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Midlife Meditations

Growing older seems effortless, I discover, as I suddenly realize that my birthday is only weeks away. I have done nothing to hurry the hands of the clock. I have had no say in how one day melts into the next, or how months melt into one year, and then another. 
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