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A podcast about anything and everything concerning silence.

A podcast about anything and everything concerning silence.
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A podcast about anything and everything concerning silence.

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English

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Episodes

Christine Valters Paintner: Silence, Art, and Contemplation (Episode 40)

11/13/2018
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Christine Valters Paintner — an American expatriate living in the west of Ireland — joins us on Encoutering Silence to explore the intersections of silence, spirituality, contemplation, creativity, and living as a monk in the real world. Author, poet, spiritual director, and Benedictine Oblate Christine Valters Paintner serves as the online Abbess at www.AbbeyoftheArts.com, a virtual monastery without walls. She is the author of twelve books on spirituality, contemplative practice, and...

Duration:00:43:38

Judith Valente: Silence, St. Benedict, and Writing (Episode 39)

11/5/2018
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Judith Valente is a poet, a journalist, a Benedictine oblate, and the author of books including Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith and How to Live: What the Rule of Saint Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community. Her books of poetry include Discovering Moons and The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed which she co-authored with Br. Paul Quenon OCSO and Michael Bever. Silence has two sides to it... silence...

Duration:00:49:18

Helen Lees: Silence, Politics, and Education (Episode 38)

10/30/2018
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British writer and educator Dr. Helen E. Lees is an independent scholar, journalist and artist whose work explores topics such as alternative education, silence and sexuality. She is an associate research fellow at York St John University in England. Her books include Education Without Schools: Discovering Alternatives and Silence in Schools. Dr. Lees appears in the movie In Pursuit of Silence and a transcript of her interview appears in the book Notes on Silence. I’m not the first person...

Duration:00:43:19

Allison M. Sullivan: Silence, Yoga, and Faith (Episode 37)

10/22/2018
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Allison M. Sullivan is a mom, wife, yoga teacher, author, podcaster, and spiritual companion. She is the author of Rock Paper Scissors: God's Mighty Power, Jesus's Covering Forgiveness, and the Snipping Refinement of the Holy Spirit. She is the host of the Sinner Saint Sister podcast. She and her family reside in Bryan, Texas, where she engages in ministry with college women. We first connected with Allison through the Sick Pilgrim writers' collective online, where we all grew admire her...

Duration:00:48:15

Kathleen Norris, Part Two: SIlence, Poetry, and Acedia (Episode 36)

10/15/2018
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In this episode we conclude our interview with poet and essayist Kathleen Norris. In part one of the interview, Kathleen and Cassidy explored topics such as poetry, creativity, silence (of course) and acedia — a spiritual malady that she wrote about movingly in her memoir Acedia and Me. This is part two of a two part interview. Click here to listen to part one. This week the conversation continues with reflection on the value of monastic spirituality, the question of whether religion can be...

Duration:00:33:46

Kathleen Norris, Part One: Silence, Poetry, and Acedia (Episode 35)

10/8/2018
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A self-described "evangelist for poetry," Kathleen Norris explores the spiritual life in both intimate and historical ways, through her award-winning poetry and luminous works of literary nonfiction, including Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, The Cloister Walk, and Acedia and Me. In addition to her distinguished literary career, she is a Presbyterian layperson and a Benedictine Oblate. "There's natural noise, like wind, that contributes to silence. It may be loud, in fact, but it's not...

Duration:00:34:22

Parker J. Palmer, Part 2: On the Brink of Silence (Episode 34)

10/1/2018
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This week our conversation with Quaker activist, author, and educator Parker J. Palmer continues. Please listen to Part One (Episode 33) if you haven't already done so. In this week's episode, we explore the question of how sometimes silence can be toxic (a "silencing" rather than the silence that frees), and how Quaker spirituality has informed Palmer's relationship with silence. He examines the difference between "adversarial listening" and "consensual decision-making" which embraces...

Duration:00:38:41

Parker J. Palmer, Part 1: On the Brink of Silence (Episode 33)

9/24/2018
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Parker J. Palmer is a world-renowned writer, speaker, educator, and activist whose work explores issues and concerns related to spirituality, education, community, leadership, and social change. He is the author of many books, including Let Your Life Speak,A Hidden Wholeness,The Promise of Paradox, and The Active Life. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers. "The impact of silence is not only solace, but disturbance. Silence forces you to look at...

Duration:00:42:44

Paul Quenon, OCSO: Silence and Poetry at Gethsemani Abbey (Episode 32)

9/20/2018
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Poet, photographer, and memoirist Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO sat down to chat with Cassidy Hall this past July when she was visiting Gethsemani Abbey. Author of several volumes of poetry including Unquiet Vigil: New and Selected Poems, Br. Paul is also the author of a newly published autobiography, In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk's Memoir. His memoir is a delightful and charming story of monastic life not only as a forum for deep spiritual exploration, but also as the foundation for a life...

Duration:00:57:49

Silence in the Summertime (Episode 31)

8/20/2018
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It's summertime! How do you find silence amidst the droning of cicadas or locusts? What does it mean to be silent during the electric crackle of a late afternoon thunderstorm? How do we maintain our commitment to silence when we're juggling family vacations, back to school to-do lists, or even more lasting and significant life transitions? We have this myth that summer is a laid-back time, but often we find it carries its own intensity. Where do we find silence then? In the middle of this...

Duration:00:37:00

Leah Weiss: Silence at Work (Episode 30)

8/6/2018
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Unless you work in a library or a monastery, you may not intuitively associate "silence" and "work." But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, our working lives have everything to gain if the workplace could become more hospitable to silence — and related mindfulness practices. Leah Weiss, PhD integrates Buddhist wisdom, mindfulness practice, and holistic management principles to articulate a vision of how it is possible to cultivate a more "sane" workplace. Dr. Weiss is a professor at...

Duration:00:39:47

James Finley: Silence and Vulnerability (Episode 29)

7/23/2018
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Author, retreat leader, and psychologist James Finley brings his experience as a student and spiritual directee of Thomas Merton to his work guiding others into the mysteries of Christ and of silence. He is the author of Merton's Palace of Nowhere, Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God, and The Contemplative Heart. He has also created audio learning series, including Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere and Meister Eckhart's Living Wisdom. "When we get involved in...

Duration:00:59:59

Paula Pryce: Silence, Bodily Knowing and Ritual (Episode 28)

7/8/2018
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What happens when a friendly anthropologist conducts an ethnographic study of contemporary contemplative Christianity in America, looking at subjects both in monasteries and in secular life? Paula Pryce does just this kind of work in her insightful book The Monk's Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity. Spending several years of research with teachers like Cynthia Bourgeault and Thomas Keating, along with monasteries like the Society of St. John the Evangelist in...

Duration:00:53:59

Kenneth S. Leong: Silence, Christianity and Zen (Episode 27)

6/25/2018
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How does silence impact spirituality at the level of interfaith or interreligious engagement? Our guest today, Kenneth Leong, wrote a seminal book on Christian-Buddhist interspirituality, and so we were eager to have him join the Encountering Silence conversation to reflect on how silence takes us to a place beyond the limitations or separations of doctrine, dogma, or religious culture. Kenneth S. Leong is the author of The Zen Teachings of Jesus and a German-language book of Zen Stories,...

Duration:00:44:03

Barbara A. Holmes: Silence as Unspeakable Joy (Episode 26)

6/14/2018
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How does the encounter with silence usher us into mystery? And how is our relationship with silence shaped by, or challenged by, the challenges and dynamics of social difference and privilege? What is the relationship between contemplation and community, and how is community actually essential to authentic contemplation? How are tears, and moaning, and dancing, and lament, essential to contemplation — especially among those persons and communities who experience oppression? “Silence has...

Duration:00:49:34

Six Months of Encountering Silence! (Episode 25)

6/6/2018
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Hello friends! Can you believe that the Encountering Silence Podcast released its first episode six months ago?!? Yes — our "pilot episode" was released on December 6, 2017. This week we're celebrating our six-month-anniversary with a brief conversation in which we reflect on some of the insights and surprises that the last six months have yielded for us. Silence includes everyone, silence levels the ground and flattens our egos, to recall that we're all human and we all belong to one...

Duration:00:24:03

Mirabai Starr: Silence, Stillness, Passion, and Embodiment (Episode 24)

5/30/2018
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"I'm rather obsessed with the mystics of all traditions," enthuses Mirabai Starr, as she muses on the profound relationship between silence and stillness and passionate/ecstatic mystical love. In a rich conversation that touches on the beauty of the high desert of the American Southwest, the earthy/embodied passion of the spirituality of wilderness, and the uniquely subversive wisdom of the feminine mystics, Mirabai deepens and expands our ongoing conversation on silence by inviting us into...

Duration:00:36:59

Jessica Mesman Griffith: The Silence of Missing Voices (Episode 23)

5/24/2018
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What is the relationship between silence, creativity, fear, doubt, death, and missing voices — especially in terms of art and literature? To explore this provocative question, we turned to our mutual friend — and one of the most gifted and articulate writers of our time — Jessica Mesman Griffith. It’s very difficult for me to be in any kind of silence.. I love being out in nature and not having the iPod. When I take my long walks every day, I don’t take my iPod, I don’t listen to music, I...

Duration:00:57:59

Kurt Johnson: Silence, the Body, and Movement (Episode 22)

5/16/2018
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How is Silence related to the human body? To movement, exercise, and performance? To physical, as well as mental and spiritual, wellness? Today we begin what we hope will be an ongoing conversation in the Encountering Silence world, exploring these and similar questions. We open this exploration thanks to Kurt Johnson joining in the conversation today. Kurt Johnson is a personal trainer and massage therapist who works with individuals, small groups and corporations, to help people manage...

Duration:00:57:59

Encountering Silence in Our Busy Lives (Episode 21)

5/9/2018
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If you could take a snapshot of your relationship with silence today, what would it look like? Perhaps you will have just come back from visiting a city where tragedy has brought about a new quality of silence. Perhaps you are just clinging to a daily sitting practice in the midst of a very busy life. Or silence is your companion in a time of personal or professional transformation. In this episode, we muse on what our relationship with silence looks like nowadays. Reflecting on our busy...

Duration:00:29:59