Claiming Your Own Energy

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

Excerpt from Nine Jewels of Night by Beverly Lanzetta “Silence was deeper than prayer. I had a need for pure emptiness. How different this was than false silence, the silence deafened by what was not said, by what was not truthful!…This silence pulsated within me, a depth not my own that opened out to a …

Am I A Mystic?

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

“Rightly understood, the mystic is not a special kind of human being; rather, every human being is a special kind of mystic.” –David Steindl-Rast Usually when I teach a course on comparative mysticism, students ask a lot of questions. They want to know what mysticism is, and many of them are skeptical of what appears to be rather …

Reclaiming Your Singular Intention

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Practice

“Centered on the search for the Absolute, the common role of monastic life in all religions stands as a sign, reminding humankind that the aim of human life is not possession of perishable goods but rather, to become one day, “citizens of heaven,” a privilege that all can begin to enjoy, here and now, through …

The Monastery Within My Body

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

“Having made a monastery within my body, I forgot the monastery outside.” –Milarepa, 11th Century Buddhist Saint, poet and yogi   “[Since] the blessing of my Lama penetrated my mind, I have never been overcome by distractions. Having meditated on love and compassion, I forgot the difference between myself and others. Having meditated on my lama, I forgot …

The Non-Violent Demonstrator

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

The following is an excerpt from a letter written to the editor of Liberation by Thomas Merton on December 30, 1961. His words are as true now as they were in 1961. “…[W]e are reminded of the necessity for complete ‘purity’ in our non-violent action: complete detachment from results. We must act only because the act itself is …