“The contemplative way is like a monastery without walls, a gathering place for people who are searching for something more—something more meaningful, intimate, and richly present to the gift and miracle of their own life.” —James Finley

Dr. James Finley

As a contemplative practitioner and clinical psychologist, James Finley helps seekers who desire to live a contemplative, whole life. Drawing from his experience as a former monk and spiritual directee of Thomas Merton, Jim offers trustworthy guidance for the spiritual journey through this website, online courses, occasional retreats, and the Center for Action and Contemplation where he serves as a core faculty member with Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr. Jim is the author of several books, including Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation.

Merton’s Palace of Nowhere:
40th Anniversary Edition

At age eighteen, James Finley joined the Abbey of Gethsemane where, for the next six years, Thomas Merton was his spiritual director. Drawing from this experience and his continued study, Finley takes us deep to the heart of Merton’s insights on the true self.

Student Notes

When I first listened to Jim teach, I wept. His gentleness and pure presence moved me deeply. I don’t even remember what he said. He taught me the power of love that shines radiantly and humbly in each tiny moment by being that love.
Few can comingle spirituality and psychology in such a beautiful, hopeful, life-giving way as James Finley. Wise and Artful, Strong and Gentle, Compassionate and Understanding, a man with an expansive heart and beautiful soul. What a gift to the palace of nowhere!
Jim Finley, more than any other teacher, living or dead, has helped me to see the spiritual potency of facing my own traumas and the infinite love that is available in courageously embracing my own brokenness.

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Jim offers thoughtful teaching and guidance for those seeking to travel the contemplative path in this monastery without walls.

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