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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
    • 4.8, 73 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

4.8 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

ALouiseYo ,

Take the journey

I would not say that follow through is my strong suit, however, Contemplify has inspired more follow through in me than any other podcast. Books bought or borrowed, music listened too, poems read, movies watched, space found for a quiet sit. In fact, Paul’s work inspires such follow through, that I have been slow to listen to all of the episodes--but that’s the point, isn’t it? To slow down and take time contemplating the ideas, the art, and the thinkers that Paul introduces.
Of the topics Paul takes up in his ongoing trek across a spiritual terrain, my favorites are the intersections of the ordinary with the contemplative; parenting, family life, work, making coffee, greeting neighbors. Paul invites listeners into contemplative practices, both his own and those of others, with such honesty and vulnerability that the podcast itself stands as an invitation to simply try while also offering us the assurance that the outcome, however imperfect, will be worth it.

Aztxca1 ,

Appreciating the search

Paul creates the feeling of community with this podcast. One of his favorite tropes helps — he asks his guests what drink would go with the interview, which invites the listener to imagine having a cup of green tea or a shot of bourbon with them. Paul dives into the formation of the writer (usually he talks to writers) and the work, which often reflects a spiritual search, another touch point for the listener I’d like to hear more content to illustrate the context, readings from the works they are referencing

csduncan1234 ,

About water

I just read the piece about water. The length if the passage taken from the book was originally off-putting. But I read it anyway. I dove in and am so glad I did. The depth of all being of water. The depth of water connecting all. So powerful and spiritual. Almost impossible to find words to explain this passages impact on me - on us. Thank you so much

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