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  "come and see" (c) Jan Richardson


Here is Dr. Danny Martin's invitation to learn a "Mindfulness Dialogue Way" of being in the complexities and upheavals of our challenging world.  This month he deepens the teaching of the first step of the practice: "exploring," engaging the wisdom of Thomas Merton to empower our intention.

Be encouraged by Danny's inspired voice in these spoken-word offerings as he models a mode of dialogue with poets and prophets and our own true self, training his insight on the terrain of real life.

Our gifted guide in the "Mindfulness Dialogue" process he has designed, Danny Martin offers us wisdom and light to move through this dark time with serenity and grace.

We look forward to opportunities to engage face-to-face as a mindfulness dialogue community in virtual on-line circles which Dr. Martin will convene from time to time. 
Stay tuned.
For now, let his new seeds of insight fall into our open minds, our receptive hearts.
Listen to his offering 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 skill and insight to the challenges of contemporary life.

The Thomas Merton Contemplative Initiative of the
Kathleen Deignan, CND Institute for Earth and Spirit (C) 2020.

The Icon "Thomas Merton: Brother Louis" by 
Brother Tobias Haller is gratefully used with permission.
Photograph of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin.
© Thomas Merton Center.
The liturgical banner "come and see" by Jan Richardson 
used with permission 
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