27 episodes

A Sacred Space for talking about Contemplative Practices, Spirituality + Messy Motherhood. We seek the Divine Presence amidst the Beautiful Chaos of Motherhood and share our failures, our triumphs, and our missteps. Your hosts on this journey are Erin Thomas and Chelsea Whipple. To get in touch with Erin and Chelsea email them at contemplativemotherhoodpodcast@gmail.com Check out our main website: contemplativemotherhood.org

Contemplative Motherhood Podcast Erin Thomas & Chelsea Whipple

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

A Sacred Space for talking about Contemplative Practices, Spirituality + Messy Motherhood. We seek the Divine Presence amidst the Beautiful Chaos of Motherhood and share our failures, our triumphs, and our missteps. Your hosts on this journey are Erin Thomas and Chelsea Whipple. To get in touch with Erin and Chelsea email them at contemplativemotherhoodpodcast@gmail.com Check out our main website: contemplativemotherhood.org

    Learning from the Ammas: Recognizing Margins

    Learning from the Ammas: Recognizing Margins

    In this episode, Chelsea gives life updates and notices how this season is opening up new ways for creativity. Erin and Chelsea are taking a mid-season break before releasing the last 9 or so episodes. The reason for this is actually what the Ammas teach about staying present to the...well present. Both Erin and Chelsea realized that to be honest with themselves and their life situations that the best thing to do is to be honest with their spirit. Listen and learn how Chelsea is noticing how finding margins (opening oneself to the unexpected) is exactly what it says. Unexpected situations that the Ammas actually teach about are now opening ways that the Divine is speaking.

    When we notice the need for margins, it can teach us the art of letting go. The Ammas are all about the letting go and the freedom that comes from it. As Chelsea says, The freedom to know life is not to be controlled but to simply live. 

    Check out www.contemplativemotherhood.org for more updates!

    • 22 min
    Christian Desert Ammas: Contemplative Midwives Part 2

    Christian Desert Ammas: Contemplative Midwives Part 2

    This is part 2 of 2 episodes profiling the Christian Desert Ammas. These women lived in the 3rd-6th century and helped shape Christianity. Often ignored and undervalued, they had a tremendous impact on the culture and people around them. They were sought after for their advice and connection with the Divine. They worked alongside the Abbas of the desert and many influenced the early Church fathers. 

    This is a labor of love for Chelsea, who has spent the past 3 years studying these amazing and life-giving women. To all they met, they were spiritual midwives helping to transition each person in unity with God. This episode will talk about the desert ammas as spiritual midwives, spiritual guides and unveil their spiritual practices.

    The two books mentioned (although there are too many to put here - we will list our favorites in our after the show blog next week):

    Praying with the Desert Mothers by Mary Forman
    The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness by Mary Earle

    Check out www.contemplativemotherhood.org for blog posts, bonus content, and to sign-up for our newsletter!

    • 37 min
    Christian Desert Ammas: Contemplative Midwives Part 1

    Christian Desert Ammas: Contemplative Midwives Part 1

    This is part 1 of 2 episodes profiling the Christian Desert Ammas. These women lived in the 3rd-6th century and helped shape Christianity. Often ignored and undervalued, they had a tremendous impact on the culture and people around them. They were sought after for their advice and connection with the Divine. They worked alongside the Abbas of the desert and many influenced the early Church fathers. 

    This is a labor of love for Chelsea, who has spent the past 3 years studying these amazing and life-giving women. To all they met, they were spiritual midwives helping to transition each person in unity with God. This episode will talk about the desert ammas as spiritual midwives, spiritual guides and unveil their spiritual practices.

    The two books mentioned (although there are too many to put here - we will list our favorites in our after the show blog next week):

    Praying with the Desert Mothers by Mary Forman
    The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness by Mary Earle

    Check out www.contemplativemotherhood.org for blog posts, bonus content, and to sign-up for our newsletter!

    • 37 min
    Amma Rabi’a: The Contemplative Beloved. Part 2

    Amma Rabi’a: The Contemplative Beloved. Part 2

    Erin and Chelsea discuss Rabi’a al-Adawiyya and her connection to Sufism in Islam. As a 9th century amma from Persia, her writings and poem bring life into so many disciples and modern-day contemplatives. Her trailblazing path by describing the Divine as the Beloved leaves us wanting more and more of her teachings. Journey with us as we dive deep into her life, her inspiration, and find ways to drink the living waters of the Beloved found in all of us. We discuss her in two episodes so our listeners can walk with us as we slowly uncover the wealth of her being. She shows how simple unity with the Beloved is and how we can uncover the Beloved found within us all.

    Check out the After The Show blog posted on Wednesdays at www.contemplativemotherhood.org

    • 33 min
    Amma Rabi’a: The Contemplative Beloved. Part 1

    Amma Rabi’a: The Contemplative Beloved. Part 1

    Erin and Chelsea discuss Rabi’a al-Adawiyya and her connection to Sufism in Islam. As a 9th century amma from Persia, her writings and poem bring life into so many disciples and modern-day contemplatives. Her trailblazing path by describing the Divine as the Beloved leaves us wanting more and more of her teachings. Journey with us as we dive deep into her life, her inspiration, and find ways to drink the living waters of the Beloved found in all of us. We discuss her in two episodes so our listeners can walk with us as we slowly uncover the wealth of her being. She shows how simple unity with the Beloved is and how we can uncover the Beloved found within us all.

    Check out the After The Show blog posted on Wednesdays at www.contemplativemotherhood.org

    • 28 min
    Amma Ayya Khema: The Practical Contemplative Part 2

    Amma Ayya Khema: The Practical Contemplative Part 2

    Erin and Chelsea explore Ayya Khema, a modern-day Buddhist nun. From a Western world, great tragedy in her life led her on a spiritual journey that took decades to finally formulate. Her practical view of spirituality is a lesson for all of us that hope to grasp a contemplative journey for ourselves. Amma Ayya has so much to explore that her story is broken up in two episodes. The second episode will explore the practical wisdom she departs to all of us mothers and caretakers as we journey through life. We will learn about meditation, how to be present, what freedom from worry can help us to experience more joy and learning to let go. Amma Ayya's life experience gives us practical lessons that will stick with us no matter what we face. Listen to her beautiful ways to live an extraordinarily ordinary life. 

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Planes&Horses ,

Calming motivation 😊

I loved this. Listening to you both moved me to get up, say, “Alexa, play Christian music!” and fold laundry. This is something I have done many times in the past; however, it has been a while. Singing along, thinking about the joys of being a SAHM, giving God the glory for any “wins” of the day and showing myself grace as I reflect on my not-so-great momming moments…it was wonderful. Thank you.

christauf4 ,

Being Still is Possible

Thank you Chelsea and Erin for sharing your journey’s and practices for connecting with God in the busy, sometimes crazy season of motherhood! I know I definitely need to carve out space and time to be still and listen to God. To know God and find rest in Him. This podcast gives me practical ideas and encouragement for achieving this goal.

Rucci203 ,

Feels like a warm hug from an old friend!

These ladies are beautiful communicators and their content is so thought provoking. I feel like I am sitting with a few good girlfriends when I listen. Thanks for sharing the contemplative lifestyle and I am looking forward to growing from your content!

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