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Invitation to Dance:  Flowers Appear on the Earth

We continue our theme this month from our Community Lectio Divina practice with the Song of Songs passage about spring arriving and continued with this month’s Photo Party and Poetry Party. I invite you into a movement practice.  Allow yourself just 5 minutes this day to pause and listen and savor what arises. Begin with a full minute of slow and deep breathing.  Let your breath bring your awareness down into your body.  When thoughts come up, just let them go and return to your breath. Hold this image of “Flowers return to the earth” as the gentlest of intentions, planting a seed as you prepare to step into

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Invitation to Dance: Return to Me with Your Whole Heart

We continue our theme this month of “Return to Me with Your Whole Heart” which arose from our Community Lectio Divina practice with the Ash Wednesday passage from Joel and continued with this month’s Photo Party and Poetry Party. I invite you into a movement practice.  Allow yourself just 5 minutes this day to pause and listen and savor what arises. Begin with a full minute of slow and deep breathing.  Let your breath bring your awareness down into your body.  When thoughts come up, just let them go and return to your breath. Hold this image of “Return to Me with Your Whole Heart” as the gentlest

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Praying, Singing, and Dancing with Monks and Mystics

If you love the twelve dancing monk icons, you will love this series of multimedia resources we have created! Praying with Monks and Mystics offers a full-color reproduction of each icon along with Christine’s poetry and song sheets in the back to accompany the music created for each dancing monk. Singing with Monks and Mystics is a CD or MP3 download of 13 songs, each inspired by one of the dancing monks in our series. Perfect for meditation, retreat, and sharing with groups! Dancing with Monks and Mystics is a DVD created by Betsey Beckman, who choreographed simple dances and

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Invitation to Dance: Hospitality – What will you welcome in?

We continue our theme this month of “Hospitality” which arose from our Community Visio Divina practice with the image of a threshold and continued with this month’s Photo Party and Poetry Party where we asked what we wanted to welcome into our lives in this new year, perhaps inspired by your word for the year. I invite you into a movement practice.  Allow yourself just 5 minutes this day to pause and listen and savor what arises. Begin with a full minute of slow and deep breathing.  Let your breath bring your awareness down into your body.  When thoughts come up, just let them go and return to your breath. Hold

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Invitation to Dance: Harvesting the Inner Garden

We continue our theme this month of “Harvesting the Inner Garden” which arose from our Community Lectio Divina practice with the parable from the Gospel of Mark and continued with this month’s Photo Party and Poetry Party. I invite you into a movement practice.  Allow yourself just 5 minutes this day to pause and listen and savor what arises. Begin with a full minute of slow and deep breathing.  Let your breath bring your awareness down into your body.  When thoughts come up, just let them go and return to your breath. Hold this image of “Harvesting the Inner Garden” as the gentlest of intentions, planting a seed as

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Invitation to Dance: Softening and Yielding

We continue our theme this month of “Softening and Yielding” which arose from our Community Lectio Divina practice with Yehuda Amichai’s poem “The Place Where We Are Right” and continued with this month’s Photo Party and Poetry Party. Dance invites us to soften the armoring of our bodies and yield to the impulse of life moving through us moment by moment.  We spend so much energy trying to control events, dance is an opportunity to practice the deep surrender we are called to as monks in the world I invite you into a movement practice.  Allow yourself just 5 minutes this day

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