11 episodes

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 with James Finley Center for Action and Contemplation

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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.

    Bonus: A Meditation on Holy Week

    Bonus: A Meditation on Holy Week

    In this bonus episode of Turning to The Mystics, Jim and Kirsten are focusing on Holy Week and discussing what this ritual can offer us as we continue to process and navigate our way through this pandemic.
    The transcript for this bonus episode will be available soon.
    To learn more about James Finley, visit jamesfinley.org 
    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 Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!
     Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? 
    Email us: podcasts@cac.org 
    Or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail 

    • 36 min
    Thomas Merton: Session 5

    Thomas Merton: Session 5

    This is the fifth episode of eight that focuses on the mystic, Thomas Merton. In the spirit of Lectio Divina, James Finley looks at a contemplative prayer from Thomas Merton’s Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. In this session, Jim moves from a reflective prayer in the previous episode to contemplative prayer. Using wordless communion, Jim shares a series of paradoxes to help us not fall into reflection prayer. 
    For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. 
    To learn more about James Finley, visit jamesfinley.org 
    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 Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!
    Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? 
    Email us: podcasts@cac.org 
    Or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail 

    • 28 min
    Bonus: Deathless Beauty in the Fleetingness of Time

    Bonus: Deathless Beauty in the Fleetingness of Time

    In this special episode of Turning to the Mystics, James Finley is joined by Kirsten Oates to pause and reflect on this timely moment we are all in with the world facing the pandemic, COVID-19. James grounds his mystical teaching in light of the suffering world and offers guidance on how this contemplative grounding heightens our response to that suffering. In addition to that, they are answering listener questions submitted since the last episode.
    This 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 Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!
    Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to respond to on a future episode? 
    Email us: podcasts@cac.org 
    Or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail

    • 40 min
    Thomas Merton: Session 4

    Thomas Merton: Session 4

    This is the fourth episode of eight that focuses on the mystic, Thomas Merton. In the spirit of Lectio Divina, James Finley re-visits Thomas Merton’s prayer from Thoughts in Solitude that he touched on in Session 2. In this session, Jim turns it into a reflective prayer and guides us into better ways of understanding ourselves, our lives in the presence of God, and how God sustains and guides us as Jim finishes with a meditative practice.  
    For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here.  
    To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org  
    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 Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!
    Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode? 
    Email us: podcasts@cac.org 
    Or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail 

    • 28 min
    Bonus: Sink Into the Taproot of Your Heart

    Bonus: Sink Into the Taproot of Your Heart

    In this special episode of Turning to the Mystics, James Finley is joined by Kirsten Oates to pause and reflect on this timely moment we are all in with the world facing the pandemic, COVID-19. James grounds his mystical teaching in light of the suffering world and offers guidance on how this contemplative grounding heightens our response to that suffering. In his inimitable poetic voice, James guides us through a visualization exercise, helps us ground our fear in love, and sensitizes us to our awakened hearts. Closing out this episode, Kirsten and James dialogue about their experiences in this time of uncertainty and personal suffering.  
    This 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 Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!
    Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to respond to on a future episode? 
    Email us: podcasts@cac.org 
    Or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail 

    • 52 min
    Thomas Merton: Session 3

    Thomas Merton: Session 3

    This is the third episode of eight that focuses on the mystic, Thomas Merton. In the spirit of Lectio Divina, James Finley reflects on Thomas Merton’s perspective of our ultimate identity. Drawing from a chapter in Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation, Jim reflects on how we can recognize our True Self beyond the illusions of our ego, and finishes with a meditative practice.  
    For the transcript to this podcast, you can find it here. 
    To learn more, visit jamesfinley.org 
    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 Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!
    Have a question you’d like Jim or Kirsten to answer on a future episode?
    Email us: podcasts@cac.org
    Or, send us a voicemail: cac.org/voicemail 

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

LalaMargie ,

The enduring presence of God

I just found these podcasts only to learn the James Finley was deceased. Well, he’s completely at home now, totally encapsulated with his beloved god. What a wonderful legacy he has left us and as he spoke I experienced the very presence of the father/mother heart of god.
My life has changed and his sharings reaffirmed to me gods deep love and commitment to us, all, the sacred heart of Jesus. Such a beautiful healing voice. Thank you god for creating him. I’m grateful. 🙏💛🙏

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