Lectio Resources

This past Monday, we looked at a monktastic way to read literature. So much of our daily reading is centered on gaining information quickly and with minimal effort. That’s not necessarily bad in itself since we need breaks and different levels of attention and some work should be done as efficiently as possible. But if … More Lectio Resources

How to Read Literature Like a Monk

I mentioned last Monday that I sometimes apply the monastic method of lectio divina (sacred reading) to the first few times I read a poem. Following Parker Palmer’s suggestion that students need contemplative reading practices to balance the institutional leaning toward shallow “speed reading,” Mike Ruso and Paul Corrigan developed a variant of lectio for literature that … More How to Read Literature Like a Monk

First Blogiversary

It’s been one year since the first post on The Golden Echo. Things have been busy with traveling and settling into the new term, but new posts should be coming soon. There’s a Buffy Studies post in the works and a new series on the year 1882. Until then, here’s the very first post that … More First Blogiversary

Tales of the Hasidim

With all the trouble they’re having with Br. Monday, the abbas are pretty busy today. Some are discussing what to do. Others are secretly wondering if the new Thelemite way of life is all that bad. And one abba (I won’t say who) hasn’t been seen all day… So, I thought we would head out from … More Tales of the Hasidim

Festina Lente: Contemplative Practices in the Classroom

No “good morning.” No “let’s get started.” Not even the unsubtle flash of a first Powerpoint slide. Rather, the professor sat down and counted down to one. The class, which had filled the auditorium with a gentle morning buzz fell instantly silent. I instinctively relaxed even before realizing what had just happened. The philosophy class … More Festina Lente: Contemplative Practices in the Classroom