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People often ask me for recommendations about where to start learning about a contemplative practice. I would add Phileena’s new book, Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation, to that list! If you’re looking for an accessible, practical, yet profound introduction to Christian contemplative practices, this book is the perfect intro! Each chapter walks you into a particular theme of the contemplative life, weaves together personal stories with great teachers from the tradition, and concludes with a description to help you dive into different kinds of practice!

She’s also created these really cool companion videos for each chapter of the book, which you can rent or purchase through Vimeo:

Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation from The Gravity Center on Vimeo.

Phileena is my first repeat guest – she appeared on Episode 4. Along with her husband, Chris Heuertz (guest on Episode 5), she founded Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism, in Omaha, Nebraska. She discovered the need to meld contemplation into an active life, after twenty years serving the poorest of the poor all over the world.

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