despair for the world

Danny Martin and Poet Wendell Berry in Dialogue

As we wrestle with "despair for the world," Dr. Danny Martin invites us to learn a "Mindfulness Dialogue Way" of being in the complexities and upheavals of our challenging lives.  Here he offers both spoken-word guidance and a written reflection to aid us discovering wisdom and discernment for working with life.


This month Danny engages the poetic insight of Wendell Berry, Kentucky poet farmer, to aid us in moving toward

"the peace of wild things."


Be encouraged by Danny's inspired and inspiring voice in his NEW SEEDS offerings given monthly both in spoken-word and text in which he models a mode of dialogue with poets and prophets and our own true self, training his insight on the terrain of real life.


Listen to his spoken word reflection here.
Read his reflection here.


Thomas Merton, one of the great spiritual voices of the modern age, has a special place in the
Kathleen Deignan, CND Institute for Earth and Spirit. 
Through the portal of the Merton Contemplative Initiative begun in 2000, we hope to explore the most challenging concerns of our moment, as he did: confronting racism and systems of violence, reaching toward the wisdom of indigenous peoples and poets, minding "the marginals," recovering "the Paradise mind," dialoguing with many faiths, and speaking truth to power. 
Dr. Danny Martin is an engaging master in "The Art of Working With Life."  A personal guide, professional coach, organization consultant, community facilitator, inspirational speaker and poet, Danny is one of the founding Conveners of the Berry Forum.  He will now be a regular contributor to the Merton Contemplative Initiative to bring his  own poetic/prophetic insight to the challenges of contemporary life.
The Thomas Merton Contemplative Initiative is an offering of the 
Kathleen Deignan, CND Institute for Earth and Spirit (C) 2020
The Icon "Thomas Merton: Brother Louis" by Brother Tobias Haller  (when apprearing on our Eblast) is gratefully used with permission.
When used on our materials: Photograph of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin.
© Thomas Merton Center.

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