Author: Tom Bushlack

Wise & Compassionate Voices on Our National Gun Debate

It’s difficult to find balanced, wise, and compassionate voices on political issues like gun violence amid our divided political culture today.  But that is exactly why I wanted to offer the two following articles as suggested reading.  Both articles have been tremendously helpful for me…

How long, O Lord?

How long, O Lord?… How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Psalm 13:1-2 We must lament and mourn together, and yet we also have the…

A Quirky Reading List for the Contemplative Life

One of my favorite memories from my time as a college student at St. John’s University was the January-term of 2000, my senior year of college.  All of my roommates were gone for the month, I wasn’t taking any courses, and I set myself the…

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Episode 4: Interview with Phileena Heuertz

I first met Phileena Heuertz at the New Contemplative Exchange in Snowmass, CO, in August 2017, and I knew immediately that I had to interview her for Contemplate This!   I have seen firsthand, and experienced myself, how her warmth and compassionate presence draws people to…

A Chance for Free Access to “The 11th Step: Contemplative Prayer & Meditation for 12-Step Recovery”

“Like” Contemplative-U on Facebook! Click the icon and then “like” Contemplative-U, and you’ll be entered to win free access to  “The 11th Step: Contemplative Prayer and Meditation for 12-Step Recovery,” a new, ten-day (10-15 min./day) audio course when it’s released in February! The course will…

Can Online Learning Really Change Your Life?

True confession – This whole website is one big experiment, and I don’t always know what I’m doing.   My whole reason for creating all the media available here is to support others in beginning and deepening a practice of contemplative prayer and meditation – to…

Some of My Favorite Quotes about Contemplative Prayer, Meditation, Mindfulness

Over the past few years as I have been reading and researching in the world of contemplative prayer and meditation I have started to write down some of my favorite quotations – from ancient masters to modern scientists.  I thought some of you might also…

Freedom from Addiction: A Contemplative Approach to Recovery

In the next few weeks I will be releasing a new, ten-day (10-15 min./day) audio course, “The 11th Step: Contemplative Prayer and Meditation for 12-Step Recovery,” which will be available both at Contemplative-U.com and within Insight Timer app.  Below is an excerpt from the script…

Hope and Nihilism in an Apophatic Age

Much of my work on my website, blog, and other media is inspired by an attempt to offer positive, uplifting media that is grounded in a deeply embedded spirituality of contemplation and compassion.  The contemplative dimension of the Christian tradition – and of all contemplative…

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