A Prayer for Paris

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

My husband and I were in Paris on Friday, the day of the tragedy of the attacks. Because we had colds, we ventured only a few blocks from our hotel. It is only a slip of fate that we weren’t in the neighborhood where the terrorist attacks took place. Like everyone else, we were stunned by …

Teresa’s Four Degrees of Prayer

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

I am on a pilgrimage in Spain, visiting the birthplaces of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, and the discalced Carmelite monasteries they founded. The Roman aqueducts, stone wells, dry landscape, and small rivers of this region reminded me of how down to earth and practical Teresa was, because she uses these very …

Three Stages of Mindfulness, Part 3

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Practice

Mindfulness as Mystical Consciousness is the third and deepest stage of mindfulness. We might call it purity of heart in which our whole being is possessed and transfigured by the divine, in which each word and thought takes place within the context of the Divine.  Mindfulness at this level expresses a high degree of attunement. It is an …

Three Stages of Mindfulness, Part 2

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study

The second stage of Mindfulness is Active Efforts toward Divine Love. These attributes include: Spiritual Community: Buddha said, “Right association is the precursor of the eightfold path.”  When we are not around people with whom we can share our spiritual intention, it is hard to maintain focus. There is a sense of aloneness; but being able to …