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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.

Contemplify Paul Swanson | Contemplative Shoveler

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 56 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Adkgirl4 ,

Paul speaks to me

I listen to a lot of podcasts with a lot of topic variety, but this has lately been my go to favorite, maybe it's because he always asks his guests what drink they would pair with the talk? Always a voice of reason, interesting guests, a voice made for radio and I don't feel talked at, I feel like I'm eavesdropping on a fascinating conversation and not in a creepy way. Thanks Paul

misfitkid73 ,

My favorite podcast!!!

I stumbled upon Contemplify when searching for some content on Thomas Merton. As others have said in their reviews, I was hooked after one listen. This is my go to podcast now and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Paul’s interviews are high quality and enlightening and I come away feeling blessed after every listen. Keep up the great work!

Andrewcl0 ,

Depth in a shallow world

Contemplify is a breath of fresh air for those of us trying to find meaning in a vapid society. Such a wonderful contemplative space.

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