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Turning to The Mystics with James Finley

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Turning to the Mystics is a podcast for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, John of the Cross among others. Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world.

Turning to the Mystics is a podcast for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, John of the Cross among others. Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world.

Location:

United States

Description:

Turning to the Mystics is a podcast for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives. James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, John of the Cross among others. Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world.

Language:

English


Episodes

Bonus: The Gift (A Meditation on Advent)

12/8/2020
In this bonus episode, Jim Finley offers an Advent meditation on the gift of God in and as our lives. In this teaching Jim provides an image of this gift, the invitation to awaken to its presence, habituate it through practice, and offer it back to the world. In expressive poetic form and mystical knowing, Jim will draw you into the mystical significance of the Advent season. We will return in January with our 3rd mystic, St. John of the Cross!

Duration:00:18:14

Bonus: Grounding Meditation for the Election

11/3/2020
In this bonus episode of Turning to the Mystics, Jim Finley and Kirsten Oates offer a 10-minute grounding meditation to help nourish us in times of strife and stress, as many are feeling today and all these long pandemic days. Please listen and join us in quiet meditation (with the occasional sounds of construction in Jim’s backyard.)

Duration:00:13:07

Teresa of Avila: Listener Questions (Part 2)

10/12/2020
On this episode, Jim and Kirsten answer questions that were submitted by the listeners during the airing of the 2nd season. The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and...

Duration:01:08:26

Teresa of Avila: Listener Questions (Part 1)

10/5/2020
On this episode, Jim and Kirsten answer questions that were submitted by the listeners during the airing of the 2nd season. The transcript for this episode will be available on Friday, October 9th. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the...

Duration:00:57:22

Dialogue: The Sixth and Seventh Mansions (Part 2)

9/28/2020
On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have their second dialogue around the sixth and seventh mansions of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here. The transcript for this podcast can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or...

Duration:00:59:56

Dialogue: The Sixth and Seventh Mansions (Part 1)

9/21/2020
On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have their first dialogue around the sixth and seventh mansions of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here. You can find the transcript to the episode here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback....

Duration:01:05:11

Bonus: Richard Rohr on Turning to Teresa of Avila

9/14/2020
Today on the show we have our friend Richard Rohr on the show. In it, we talk about how he discovered Teresa of Avila, the impact she made on his life, and what her work means for us today. The link to the transcript can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to...

Duration:00:59:48

Teresa of Avila: Session 6

9/7/2020
This is the sixth session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the seventh mansion of Teresa’s The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at...

Duration:00:38:54

Teresa of Avila: Session 5

8/31/2020
This is the fifth session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the sixth mansion of Teresa’s The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at...

Duration:00:52:21

Bonus: The Life and Work of Teresa of Avila feat. Mirabai Starr

8/24/2020
Before we venture into the 6th and 7th mansions, we wanted to pause and air this bonus episode in which Jim, Kirsten, and special guest Mirabai Starr explore the life story of Teresa of Avila, and what it means for us today. Mirabai is a scholar, a translator, a teacher, and a bereavement counselor who has led many retreats—including several with Jim—and an award winning author of multiple books, 3 of which focus on Teresa, and most recently Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of...

Duration:01:11:09

Dialogue: The Fifth Mansion

8/17/2020
On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the fifth mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here. The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us...

Duration:00:57:57

Teresa of Avila: Session 4

8/10/2020
This is the fourth session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the fifth mansion of Teresa’s The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at...

Duration:00:46:01

Dialogue: The Fourth Mansion

7/27/2020
On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the fourth mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here. The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us...

Duration:00:51:35

Teresa of Avila: Session 3

7/20/2020
This is the third session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the fourth mansion of Teresa's The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at...

Duration:00:32:44

Dialogue: The Second Mansion

7/13/2020
On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the second mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. In this episode, Kirsten references a translation of the Interior Castle by Mirabai Starr. You can get it here. The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us...

Duration:01:08:25

Dialogue: The First Mansion

7/6/2020
On this episode, Jim and Kirsten have a dialogue around the first mansion of Teresa of Avila's The Interior Castle and discuss the path it provides for spiritual transformation. The transcript for this episode can be found here. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a...

Duration:01:00:27

Teresa of Avila: Session 2

6/29/2020
This is the second session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from the second mansion of Teresa's The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at...

Duration:00:27:19

Teresa of Avila: Session 1

6/22/2020
This is the first session that focuses on the mystic, Teresa of Avila. In the tenor of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, James Finley begins with a passage from Teresa's The Interior Castle, and reflects on the qualitative essence of the spirit of this text and finishes with a meditative practice. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. We'd love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. To do so, email us at podcasts@cac.org To learn more,...

Duration:00:30:42

Turning to Teresa of Avila

6/15/2020
Welcome to Season 2 of Turning to the Mystics. In this episode, Kirsten Oates and James Finley turning to Teresa of Avila and discovering how one might integrate her teachings into our daily lives. By the end of this episode you will have robust understanding of the life and work of Teresa of Avila and her impact on Jim Finley. Turning to the Mystics is a podcast by the Center for Action and Contemplation. To learn more about Jim, visit jamesfinley.org The transcript for this episode can be...

Duration:01:03:18

Bonus: The Mystics and Social Justice

6/10/2020
On this bonus episode, Jim and Kirsten are offering a reflection on what it means to turn to the mystics during this time of increasing awareness of the evils of systemic racism within our culture. Afterwards, there is a silent meditation for 8:46 to honor the life of George Floyd. To learn about the history of systemic racism in the United States, please visit this link. For listeners who are new to this conversation and are looking for a comprehensive list of resources to further your work...

Duration:00:20:51