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Contemplative Islamic Spirituality

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The “On the Edge” series at Dayspring affords interesting opportunities for dialogue for which there are few forums. Last Sunday night about 25 of us (including 7 from Wembley Downs) met with Imam Muhammad Agherdien to discuss contemplative Islamic spirituality. The timing of the event uncannily coincided with Eid (the celebratory feast climaxing the fasting month of Ramadan) and [...]

Quiet Day Reflections

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Reflecting on the day’s lectionary readings Today’s readings are about living for God in the ordinariness of life. Living right for God is what we do, and is nothing to crow about! Psalm 37 is about trusting God and holding to the right way in the ordinariness of life. Those who bend the rules, getting [...]

Living Mindfully, Living Sustainably

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A contemplative approach to life teaches us to be aware of the present moment. Mindful attentiveness to the layers behind the present moment soon reveals that our present moments impact far beyond what we see: to the people whose work has brought us the “stuff” of our moment, to the resources used in producing things [...]

Fr Laurence Freeman in Perth

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The Christian Meditation Community WA invites you to attend the below events with Fr Laurence Freeman OSB who will be in Perth in April 2016. Laurence Freeman OSB is a Benedictine monk and the spiritual guide and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation and the Director of the WCCM Oblate community.  He is also the [...]

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The Kindle form of the Dayspring Prayer Book is currently unavailable via the Amazon store. We are in the process of negotiating with another publisher to have the Kindle edition up and running again quickly. In the meantime we still have plenty of the paperback editions available for sale at $25 each ($20 for members).  [...]

Willy Wagtail

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The soft sound of your feathers fluttering As you fly to and fro, to and fro. The doors stand wide open The windows blinded But yet you remain trapped. You fly too high You just need to drop down. Drop down. Then you will see your way out You’ll feel the breeze You’ll see the [...]

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We are delighted to invite you to join a SD Professional Development opportunity to share a day with John Stuart. Beth Roberton had a conversation with John at the recent Australian Network of Spiritual Directors Conference in Sydney and he graciously agreed to share some of his expertise with Perth colleagues. John was National President of ANSD [...]

A Retreat in San Francisco

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July this year was very special for my family and me; my son, daughter, their partners and children all travelled from Australia to San Francisco to share with our son and brother and his new bride in their wedding. Some of us arrived in time for my grandson to enjoy his birthday with the rest [...]

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Now in its fourteenth year of operation, the Dayspring Centre for Christian Spirituality and Counselling Inc. has established itself in the Perth environment and nationally for its promotion of spiritual direction, contemplative practice and the exploration of contemporary issues on the edges of these domains. Guided by its dedicated Committee of vibrant members, Dayspring now [...]

InterPlay – 16 May 2014

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A unique opportunity is being offered to anyone interested in grounding their spirituality in a real ‘whole body’ experience.  The Interplay movement was initiated to bridge the gap between how we think about our spirituality and how we experience it. Jane Vennard notes: “Praying with body and soul leads us away from a ‘stripped-down’ spirituality [...]

Camino Salvado: A pilgrimage to New Norcia

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The email said, “The walk to New Norcia is a tough, long walk and if by now you cannot walk 20ks on two consecutive days we suggest you pull out and register again next year.” This made me think hard, had I done enough training? I had built up my strength and had walked 12 [...]

What does a moment of grace feel like?

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Sarah Bachelard tells a story that addresses this question. In her words: The openness of non-attachment makes possible the flowing through us of larger life, the energy of grace. I recently came across an example of such openness to grace from a surprising source. In a State of Origin rugby league match against NSW last [...]

Contemplation in a World of Action

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We have just finished a wonderful time with Sarah Bachelard, from Canberra, exploring the topic ‘Experiencing God in times of crisis’. On Thursday Sarah gave a public lecture and we have the text of  this lecture for those who are interested.  Your comments are welcome. View Lecture (PDF)

The Oblate Life

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Book Review “What’s dad reading?  It looks weird – something to do with oblates. Is he is reading about the occult?” No, but I am reading something from the Dayspring library again, and I’d better start by telling you what an oblate is, or you might be like my children and think it is something [...]

Dryandra Reflections

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One of the greatest paradoxes that I live with in the Christian journey is that I often get caught by thinking that the journey is about my effort, my praying and my doing. When it is actually God who is at work here and all I really need to do is get out of God’s [...]

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