The Contemplify podcast kindles the examined life through artful musings with scholars, creatives and master teachers.
Contemplify seeks to glean wisdom from master contemplatives across the ages (Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, Lao Tzu, Ralph Waldo Emerson to name a few) by those who know them best—the scholars who have devoted themselves to studying, embracing and teaching the contemplative’s life and work in the world. Interviews with creatives and master teachers shine a light forward on engaging meaning and depth through subtle, artistic means and exploring beyond the current boundaries of thought to make way for a more sustainable frontier.
Each episode delivers a subtly intoxicating* exchange on the contemplative lifestyle with practical takeaways to emulate in daily life. Contemplify gladly joins the creatives, thought leaders and scholars ringing the bell in the ivory tower for the pleasure of those robbing a moment of contemplation on the backporch.
Ring the bell. Rob the moment. Contemplify.
Host, Paul Swanson, is a husband, father and contemplative educator at the Center for Action and Contemplation's Living School**.
*Contemplify is best served with a pint in hand. Please listen responsibly.
** All shenanigans, tom foolery and bally-hoo posted on Contemplify are my own. Contemplify is not representative of the Center for Action and Contemplation or Richard Rohr on any matter.
Deadstock in the Storm with Jeffrey Foucault
Jeffrey Foucault is a top shelf songwriter. Foucault has a slew of albums worth your collection and his latest Deadstock should be the first one you pick up after you enjoy this conversation.
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Being is Action with Andrew Krivak
Andrew Krivak is the author of three novels: The Signal Flame (2017), and The Sojourn (2011), a National Book Award finalist, and his latest novel, The Bear. In our conversation you hear of Andrew’s formation as a Jesuit, our dwelling in the depth dimension of now, how his novel The Bear relates to that dimension and is also a manifesto against interiority, and much more.
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Immersion Journalist of the Soul with Fred Bahnson
"The gate of heaven opens for us all, but the hinge swings outward as much as inward, leading not into some hermetically sealed chamber, but a spacious meadow where we find every person we’ve ever known, a field of solitaries loved beyond measure, a destination as near as our next breath."
-- Fred Bahnson
Answering the Monk Within with Beverly Lanzetta
Beverly Lanzetta is a profound teacher who invites her readers and students to engage in the fullness of Mystery each day through the cultivation of practice and rhythm. I was elated to get my mitts on her latest book A New Silence: Spiritual Practices and Formation for the Monk Within. Our conversation flows out of this work, we talk about contemplation rhythms, parenting, the archetype of the monk, the via feminia and so much more.
Advent Outpost from the Backporch (#3)
I’m closing this Advent Series out with some poetic gifts. A few friends are stopping by to raise a glass and offer a poem or prayer, though I am unsure of the difference anymore. In this final Advent outpost, the Mystery is stirred by a couple of my favorite poets, Teddy Macker and then Todd Davis, before contemplative teacher Beverly Lanzetta brings us home with a prayer. Like I said, prayers and poems dip from the same well. Join us as we take our fill.
Advent Outpost from the Backporch (#2)
In this second Advent outpost, we move from dawn to dusk. One of my favorite poets, Chris Dombrowski, kicks us off with a dawn poem from his book Ragged Anthem. I have some words on attention for the life of a day. And artist Jonathon Stalls leads us on a sunset walking meditation to round us out. So lace up and stretch those limbs or roll those wheels to this second Advent outpost.
Check out Chris Dombrowski’s work at cdombrowski.com
Check out Jonathon Stalls’ work at intrinsicpaths.com