Author Archives: Matt Mumber


Lexio Divina — A Practice for Awakening to Beauty

Here is a little lexio from Jim Finley taped series on healing from trauma. This is from the “Following the Mystics — Conclusion” part– the audio is available on Sounds True. This is basically both a teaching from Jim on the nature of the practice of lexio divina and then an example of using this writing as a focus for the actual practice. Enjoy. Finley: “Lectio Divina, sustained receptivity to a beauty not yet thought about. Your read a text, you read a sentence to a text, a healing word. Jesus says “Fear not.” There’s a word. And as soon … Read more

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Foundational Safety

Lexio divina practice April 3, 2017 based on excerpt from James Finley Healing from Trauma tape series: following the mystics section, conclusion, step 4 of healing process. Reading: “And the thing about contemplative spirituality – at the heart of all contemplative spirituality – is at the heart of it is the metamorphosis of our heart. See at the heart of it is the metamorphosis of our heart. Our very subjectivity has to surrender to a presence that is just utterly safe. And be grounded in that, and live out of it. So its in our practice – our daily practice.” … Read more

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Living School beginning now

Dr. Matt is a student in the inaugural class of the Living School, organized by the Rohr Institute’s Center for Action and Contemplation. It is a 2 year fellowship with both residential and distributed learning components. Heather will be serving as Matt’s spiritual director during the process.  We will be posting insights and experiences from this process here on the Sustainable Wellness web site. Join us as we participate in this rigorous education of the spirit, such that we can put spirituality into action.

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Brief Review of Conference: Advances in Meditation Research: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications

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Heather and I attended this conference in New York City on January 17th, 2013. The meeting was held in the World Trade Center Complex, Building 7.  For a non-city dweller, it was difficult to identify the building even after getting explicit directions from the hotel concierge.  After walking right past the entrance, a helpful police officer pointed at the 60 story glass-fronted building and said, in a wonderful New York City accent:  “It’s right there in front of you—you can’t miss it.”  I walked toward it, around it, and eventually Heather appeared near the entrance.  We walked in and the … Read more

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Healing Words – The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine

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In the Preface of his powerful book, Healing Words – The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, Dr. Larry Dossey writes, “For many years, I’d ignored prayer. I considered it an arbitrary, optional frill that simply was not in the same league as drugs and surgery. I had in fact tried to escape spiritual or religious influences in healing, fancying myself a scientific physician.” Thankfully Dr. Dossey’s studies brought him in contact with scientific evidence of prayer’s healing power.  Upon discovering a lone scientific study supporting the power of prayer, he began to probe scientific research for further … Read more

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The Healer Within

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” -Hippocrates Today, many of us place a great deal of power in the hands of doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in order to “get healthy.” Turning to external resources for help seems to be the norm. Feeling sick? Schedule a doctor’s appointment or pop a pill and you’ll feel better. Sadly, many of us have lost track of the incredible capacity of the human body to heal itself. It is fairly easy to recognize our body’s ability to heal itself naturally. If you’ve ever … Read more

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A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

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“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ― Mark Twain Stephen Levine’s transformative book A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last (Crown, 1997) echoes Twain’s belief about death. Though many of us do everything in our power to avoid the topic of death and dying, Levine has spent his career embracing the subject. In addition to being a counselor for the terminally ill, he has published numerous works on spirituality and dying. With A Year to Live, the … Read more

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Patient-Centered Medical Homes – A Complete Care Concept

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As healthcare costs continue to increase and the health of this nation’s citizens declines, many are recognizing that good health comes not only from quality medical care but often, stopping disease before it even starts. This focus on prevention – often referred to as “wellness” – is being embraced in all areas of healthcare as we are finally recognizing that it will take a collective effort by everyone – healthcare institutions, businesses, educators, government and communities – to create a healthier nation. One strategy that is gaining attention is the concept of a “Primary Care Medical Home.” According to Joint … Read more

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Buddhist Monks – Zen Body, Zen Mind

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Many people acknowledge that meditation has health benefits – especially the ability to decrease stress. However, its advantages are reportedly much more far-reaching. Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School researched the effects of meditation on the health and body and his book “The Relaxation Response” (published in 1975) introduced the concept of meditation to many Americans.  He found that meditation can help treat both psychological conditions, including depression and anxiety, as well as diseases like cancer. In an interview with Health Insights Today, Dr. Benson stated, “What we found was that when people practiced Transcendental Meditation, there were … Read more

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Obesity in America – Rising Concerns, Costs & Consequences

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If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health. – Hippocrates Sadly, it’s just not that simple. As stated this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, “The dramatic increase in obesity among Americans over the past three decades has taken a major toll on our society, and progress toward curbing the epidemic has been minimal. Two thirds of adults and nearly one third of children in the United States are overweight or obese, and many public health experts … Read more

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