Develop Your Meditation Practice

Develop Your Personal Meditation with SDI and Spiritual Paths – Special Offer

InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM) is a universal, holistic and integrated 7-Step process.  It is designed to improve our relationships, professions and service to others.  It fosters profound meaning, purpose and happiness for our lives.  We begin by honoring, harnessing and harmonizing our personal meditation styles.  Then, we explore wisdom and techniques of great meditative traditions.  Our videos, content resources, tools, mentors and support community help us to cultivate a mature and sustainable practice. 

SDI is partnering with Spiritual Paths to offer you monthly registration for this unique online approach to developing your meditation practice with InterSpiritual Meditation. ISM is a meditation practice that spiritual companions across orientations can do together. It can also be a beneficial tool for a companion looking for ways to articulate their own unique connection to the ground of all being.




In today’s complex and stressful world, many of us long for deeper meaning, purpose, peace of mind and success in all levels of our lives.   We are surrounded by an amazing diversity of meditation teachers, spiritual traditions, yoga studios and psychological practices.  Yet many of us are still searching for an approach to meditation that works for us – – one that helps us to become calm, healthy, happy, loving and wise – – one that helps us to compassionately relieve suffering of others.

InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM) is designed to help us to do just that. It is an integral, non-sectarian, seven-step process drawn from the world’s great spiritual and secular traditions.  It provides a foundation for both a personal practice as well group practice in community with people of from diverse traditions and perspectives.  It is designed to serve both beginning and experienced meditators.

The course is based on Dr. Ed Bastian’s book “InterSpiritual Meditation: A Seven Step Process from the World’s Great Spiritual Traditions.”  It includes weekly teleconference calls, instructional videos, online resources, group meditations, journal/worksheets and personalized mentoring options.

Here is a brief video introduction by Dr. Ed Bastian, the founder of this contemplative process and a current SDI Fellow.

ISM is designed to help – –


  • To learn and refine your own personal meditation practice.
  • To become calm, compassionate and wise for the benefit yourself and others.
  • To integrate this meditation into your workouts, walking, swimming, biking, practicing Yoga, and everyday life.
  • To develop a practice that honors and harnesses your personal spiritual style.
  • To create a practice that combines the wisdom and methods from one or more secular and spiritual traditions.
  • To join with a mutually supportive learning cohort and contemplative community.
  • To integrate meditative calm and insight into your personal relationships, profession and public service.
  • To work towards becoming certified InterSpiritual Mentor.


  • To provide a shared process for meditation groups whose members have diverse spiritual styles and practices.
  • To help those who wish to create a supportive InterSpiritual community of people with a variety of practices.


  • To train teachers and mentors to support others create a meditation practice based on their personal styles and predispositions.
  • To provide a structure for learning and choosing from a variety of meditational practices.
  • To provide a non-sectarian process for use by psychologists, healthcare professionals, educators, public servants, and all those who wish to integrate the benefits of meditation in to their work lives.
  • To provide a method and a process for organizational leaders, coaches and consultants who are helping organizations and individuals to benefit from a practical and holistic mindfulness meditation practice.

This website offers an online course where you will work with our materials, our trained mentors and a cohort of like-minded students to create a meditation that is right for you.  There are weekly live webinars that are also recorded for later listening if your schedule doesn’t permit attending each one.





Develop Your Meditation

InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM) is a universal, holistic and integrated 7-Step process.  In this course, we learn from the world’s great contemplative traditions to create a personal meditation to achieve these results:

1. Health & Happiness 5. Mindfulness
2. Gratitude 6. Wisdom
3. Transformation 7. Service to Others
4. Love & Compassion  

Harness & Harmonize Your Spiritual Styles

Each of us has 12 “families” of Spiritual Styles. These are shown on the outer ring of the Mandala.  Our personal styles are the internal archetypal lenses through which we perceive spiritual information and create our spiritual practices. The ISM process helps us to honor, harness and harmonize our styles to create a successful and sustainable practice. 

  • The Arts
  • The Body
  • Devotion
  • Imagination
  • Love
  • Meditation
  • Mysticism
  • Nature
  • Prayer
  • Reason
  • Relationships
  • Wisdom

12 Styles & 12 Sources

What people say?

Spiritual Paths is an excellent program that grew out of the Snowmass Inter-religious Conference at St. Benedict’s Monastery. As inter-religious dialogue continues to deepen and spread, experienced spiritual practitioners, with some capacity for scholarship, need to suggest what works best for spiritual growth. This is the thrust of the Spiritual Paths conferences and educational activities
Father Thomas Keating
Spiritual Paths brings together the wisdom of authentic teachers from the worlds spiritual traditions, provides an excellent curriculum based on those traditions, and leads us toward a new paradigm of InterSpiritual education and practice.
Rabbi Zalman Schachter
I am particularly excited by this initiative of Edward Bastian and the Spiritual Paths Foundation. It as a sea change in the evolution of what we used to call the ecumenical activity. I see us coming into the next phase of inter-religious dialogue, to introduce one another to the inner experience of each others faith traditions. For when we do, we shall come to the realization that the end is One. In a sense, the previous intellectual phase of inter-religious dialogue was like reading cookbooks on French food, or Indian food what Spiritual Paths is suggesting we do now, is to taste and sample it!
Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf
Dr. Bastian has done for spirituality what I’ve worked to do with archetypes, developing a system through which anyone–religious or not–can identify his or her own natural mode of assessing spiritual truth. Dr. Bastian’s work is a great and important breakthrough, as so many believe they are not spiritual because they do not follow a particular dogma or because the tradition in which they were raised does not fit for them. His work also can be of assistance to those within any spiritual tradition to expand their horizons and to promote respectful interfaith dialogue.
Carol Pearson
ISM is an open-hearted and truly universal practice. If ever there was a practice to help us get spiritually unstuck, this is it.”
Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault
While many religions propose superiority to other traditions, Ed Bastian has been promoting an integrative approach to becoming intimate with one’s sense of spiritual purpose for many years now. His book takes the reader through a journey of many ways of knowing the awe of sacred connection and encourages each person to accept their own unique mosaic of meaning. He shares some of his own path with the reader in an open and genuine manner and demonstrates the wisdom of complexity in an expanded vision for what is possible on this planet.
Juliet Rohde-Brown