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William Thiele

Dr. William Thiele serves as founding director of the School for Contemplative Living, (, adjunct professor at Loyola University, Compassion Cultivation Training certified teacher, Pace Group facilitator, spiritual director and licensed professional counselor in private practice, retreat leader, and author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic Culture and “A Contemplative Path” blog. His new unpublished manuscript is The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Hugging my family and telling each other we love each other
  2. Living near our son and his family so we can do #1
  3. Hiking mountain trails and lakes in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains
  4. Greeting the sunrise each morning in silence
  5. Silence
  6. Contemplative practice with our global communities
  7. Compassion teaching with our global communities
  8. Friends
  9. Facilitating groups with people dedicated to our growth
  10. Cold bottled frappuccinos every morning. Caramel is my favorite.

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