About

My goal is to share the fruits of contemplation with others, which I seek to live out in my role of a a scholar-practitioner.  I seek to harness the creative energy that emerges from the intersection between my professional and academic training in Theology and Ethics and my personal practice of silent meditation and contemplative prayer.  The vision that guides my work is “to create space for transformation,” and my mission is to inspire others to participate in their ongoing process of change and growth for the common good of all.  I am particularly interested in connecting the interior work of personal transformation with the external work of institutional and social transformation in pursuit of justice and the common good.

Over the years I have found that my best creative work – whether as a writer, a teacher, a spouse, a parent, or working with clients – emerges when I am intentionally connected to and inspired by the following eclectic mix of traditions and practices that make me feel connected me with God, with the universe, and with those whom I love:

  • The Sacraments and liturgy of the Church
  • Christian Contemplative Prayer/Centering Prayer
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Theological Literature focused on History, Spirituality, and Ethics
  • Creative Fiction and Humanistic Literature

I recently began a new position as associate professor of Theology and Christian Ethics at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, where I am also assistant director of the Ashley-O’Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership.

As an Oblate of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, I remain spiritually connected with the Benedictine monks and sisters of St. John’s Abbey and St. Benedict’s Monastery , who first introduced me to mindfulness meditation and contemplative prayer.  I am also a commissioned presenter on Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., and I was recently honored to join the board of trustees at the Trust for the Meditation Process in 2015. I live in St. Louis, MO, with my beautiful wife, Anna Marie, and our three children – Sean (7 yrs.), Audrey (5 yrs.) and Frances (2 yrs.).

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deepest hunger meet.

  • Frederick Buechner

Below are some of the organizations with which I have conducted workshops, retreats, or consultation:

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13 Comments

  1. suzanne homeyer November 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I love your website, etc…..sr. Suzanne mpls

  2. Karen Larson January 25, 2017 at 8:42 am

    You are one of my favorite contributors to Insight Timer! Thank you so much for modifying the Prayer into Sleep, would you please consider a Prayer for Morning/Awakening? I sincerely appreciate your emphasis on a loving, supportive, strengthening God. Abundant peace to you and thank you again for offering your positive energy and vision to our world! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers today.

    1. tjbushlack January 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Great to hear from you, and thank you for the feedback! I have been thinking about some new meditations for Insight Timer, and this is a great idea. I’ll definitely look into it – though it may take a bit before I get it fully created and uploaded to IT.

  3. Karen Larson January 25, 2017 at 8:45 am

    EEEK….I just realized I responded to Suzanne instead of Thomas, sorry Suzanne!

  4. Rachel Garrett June 1, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    My Bible studies are on hiatus until Fall. I’ve been looking for a focus that keeps me connected to God. It is necessary, for me, to make a conscientious effort to keep God in the forefront of my life on a daily basis. I discovered your sleep meditation on Insight Timer and enjoyed what I experienced. I’m looking forward to more of your podcasts, blogs and other contributions. I’ll be sharing this with my Bible study group from Bel Air Prsbyterian Church, Bel Air, Ca, as well. Thank you for your insightful spirit. God bless you.

    1. tjbushlack June 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, and I am glad you are enjoying these meditations/teachings and sharing them with others! I am currently creating an online course on “Contemplative Christianity for Busy People.” Check back into the website in a month or so and it should be available.
      Gratefully,
      Tom

  5. Lindsey Rawert June 29, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Your vision , your voice and your words are making this world a better place! Thank you Thomas!

    1. tjbushlack June 29, 2017 at 11:56 am

      I take in your kind words with much gratitude – amplifying that vision and voice:)

  6. JJay August 13, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Do you still offer mindfulness meditation workshops? How can I find information about them if you do? I now live near St. Louis and would consider attending.

    I have listened and practiced with all the podcasts from The Project for Mindfulness and Contemplation. I continue to listen to those podcasts again. I think they are great and have made a significant impact on my prayer. I was disappointed they came to an end.

    1. tjbushlack August 22, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks for your message. I’m now posting meditations on Insight Timer, a free meditation app. I’ll try to keep posting info about workshops on my blog as well.

    2. tjbushlack August 23, 2017 at 11:32 am

      OK, one more. You might enjoy the online course I just created at http://www.contemplative-u.com. In a recent blog post I included a coupon code for a discount.
      Thanks again!

  7. JJay August 13, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I miss having your podcasts on The Project for Mindfulness and Contemplation. They have had a significant positive impact on my prayer.
    Thank you.
    JJay

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