Caroline Oakes is a writer, a spiritual director, and the author of the newly-released book Practice the Pause: Jesus' Contemplative Practice, New Brain Science, and What It Means To Be Fully Human. Her essays have been published at On Being, The Huffington Post, and in her bimonthly Mind & Spirit column in The Bucks County Herald, an award-winning regional newspaper. A student of everyday spirituality, wisdom teachings, and the human spirit, she has a master's degree in ascetical theology from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church and participated in Thomas Keating's Contemplative Ministry Project. She is trained in teaching contemplative practice by Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and in teaching mindfulness meditation by Mindful Schools, Inc. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
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