Welcome to Season 1, Episode 5 of the Spiritual Directions podcast. In this episode, I sit down with former naval officer and long-time centering prayer practitioner Steve Allman to discuss his contemplative practice, learning to accept the journey into the unknown, the search for meaning, and a method he learned to deal with anxiety.

How do we deal with transition and upheaval in our lives? For many of us, this brings about the related issue of anxiety. Steve Allman shares his life journey, lessons learned along the way, especially the lessons he learned in dealing with his transition out of military life, the support and values that helped him along.


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In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Steve’s great source of support in times of transition
  • An image that helps accept life as a journey into the unknown
  • A touchstone verse for weathering the storm
  • The Japanese art form that can help with focus
  • The recurring contemplative practice that has helped Steve over the years
  • What Steve learned on the Camino de Santiago
  • The books that have helped him the most on the spiritual path
  • Thomas Keating’s simple method for dealing with anxiety

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One of the best parts of doing these podcasts is taking part in the conversations they bring about. Every episode, I ask a question to kick it off. This week, the question is:

Question: What single practice has been most effective in helping you overcome anxiety, especially in times of transition?

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Explore Additional Resources

In this episode we mentioned the following resources:

Book: Open Mind, Open Heart – Thomas Keating

Book: Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl

Book: Zen Art for Meditation – Stewart Holmes, Chimyo Noryuka

Book: Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot – Jim Stockdale

Book: Falling Upward – Richard Rohr

Book: Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers – Yushi Nomura


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