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  • Contemplative Meditation Group with Dr. James Finley
    one hour of sitting and walking meditation All people regardless of faith tradition who are interiorly drawn to silent meditation as a way of experiencing Gods presence in their lives are encouraged and welcome to attend Location The Trepp Center St Monica Parish 725 California Ave Santa Monica CA 90403 Phone 310 566 1500 Meeting Schedule Meeting time 7 30 9 00 p m The first and third Thursdays of each month unless otherwise indicated Meeting dates for 2016 April 7 2016 April 21 2016 May 5 2016 May 19 2016 June 16 2016 July 7 2016 July 21 2016 August 18 2016 September 8 2016 September 22 2016 October 6 2016 October 20 2016 November 3 2016 November 17 2016 December 1 2016 December 15 2016 Meeting dates for 2017 January 5 2017 January 19 2017 February 2 2017 February 16 2017 March 2 2017 March 16 2017 April 6 2017 April 20 2017 May 4 2017 May 18 2017 June 1 2017 June 15 2017 July 6 2017 July 20 2017 August 3 2017 August 17 2017 September 7 2017 September 21 2017 October 5 2017 October 19 2017 November 2 2017 November 16 2017 December 7 2017

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/meditation.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • Dr. James Finley's Newsletter Contemplative Living
    would like to subscribe to Contemplative Newsletter please complete the subscription form Previous Editions Christmas 2015 Listening to the Angels November 2015 Online Resources and Videos June 2015 The Role of Spiritual Reading August 2013 A Dialogue With Dr James Finley About Letting Go With Stephanie Raffelock June 2008 Why We Meditate June 2009 Little Things that Change the Whole World November 2009 Find Your Practice and Practice It 2012

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/newsletter.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way About Dr. James Finley Page
    Thomas Merton was his spiritual director James Finley leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada attracting men and women from all religious traditions who seek to live a contemplative way of life in the midst of today s busy world He is also a clinical psychologist in private practice with his wife in Santa Monica California James Finley is the author of Merton s Palace of Nowhere

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/about.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • Contacting Dr. Finley and the Contemplative Way
    centers can be found on the retreat schedule page Retreat Hosting If you would like to host a retreat with Dr Finley please complete the hosting a retreat page Subscribing to Dr Finley s Contemplative Way Newsletter If you would like to subscribe to Dr Finley s electronic newsletter Contemplative Living and receive email updates of events and publications please complete the subscription page Please use the following form for

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/contact.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way Subscription Page
    email updates of events and publications please complete the following form Privacy Note This list is used occasionally and solely by the Contemplative Way to provide subscribers Dr Finley s email newsletter Contemplative Living and advise subscribers of upcoming retreats Your email address will not be sold or given to third parties Please complete the following information to be added to our email list Please confirm the following information to

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/subscribe.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • Dr. James Finley's Newsletter Contemplative Living
    Books Meditation Group Jim s Newsletter About Jim Finley Contact Us Subscribe Links Links to Places of Interest The Center for Action and Contemplation was started by Fr Richard Rohr to integrate a contemplative lifestyle and compassionate action Home Events

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/links.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way Not Found Page
    to a page that no longer exists Please use the menu bar to navigate the site Retreat Schedule For Dr Finley s retreat schedule please see the retreat schedule page Retreat Hosting If you would like to host a retreat with Dr Finley please complete the hosting a retreat page Subscribing to Dr Finley s Contemplative Way Newsletter If you would like to subscribe to Dr Finley s free Contemplative

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/books/books.html (2016-04-30)
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  • Interview With Dr. Finley About Thomas Merton
    real and precious By their very nature these moments are self authenticating that whatever the greater meaning of life is about that I am now glimpsing something of that essence There is an intuition that in this instant you are glimpsing the true nature of the one unending moment in which our lives unfold Merton wrote and talked often about the fact that these awakening moments arise spontaneously out of the substance of everyday life itself That is they come in a moment of holding a newborn infant or lying awake at night when it starts to rain or walking along the beach in the midst of a deep sorrow Our heart is quickened and we know that this moment is true And they re often extremely subtle They are so subtle that if we aren t careful we will miss it But the point is we didn t miss it If we really slow down and attentively sit with these moments we see that they disclose to us a depth that fulfills our hearts That is there s the intimation of tasting directly for ourselves that part of life which never ends And once we ve tasted of that fulfillment we begin to see the essentially claustrophobic nature of egocentric pursuits We begin to ask ourselves Why do I spend so much of my life trapped like this on the outer circumference of the inner richness of my own life Why do I spend so much time unaware of that which alone can fulfill my heart This aching or longing is our teacher It helps us to realize that we are called to something infinitely beyond what any egocentric pursuit can offer us And then in obedience to that teacher we set out on this path ST Sometimes we think that there s something wrong with that aching or longing JF That s right Paradoxically the way to our deliverance lies in the willingness to open our hearts to this ache That is what transforms us But the contracted state of egocentricity invests itself in the avoidance of that ache which of course does nothing but perpetuate the discontent What is so great about monastic life and meditation practice itself is that one willfully enters a state of no escape That is one freely chooses to sit in a deep attentive listening to this ache And in surrendering to it we then begin to taste within it the promise of fulfillment ST In the context of this aching or longing how can we understand this idea of the Palace of Nowhere as our ultimate destination JF The phrase comes from the Taoist sage and poet Chaung Tzu who wrote Come with me to the palace of nowhere where all the many things are one We therefore use the phrase palace of nowhere as a metaphor for contemplative fulfillment That is the palace of nowhere is a state of awareness in which we realize directly that ultimately nothing is real

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/interviews/mertoninterview.cfm (2016-04-30)
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