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Into the Silent Land

Into the Silent Land Author Martin Laird
ISBN-10 0199779430
Release 2006-07-01
Pages 176
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Sitting in stillness, the practice of meditation, and the cultivation of awareness are commonly thought to be the preserves of Hindus and Buddhists. Martin Laird shows that the Christian tradition of contemplation has its own refined teachings on using a prayer word to focus the mind, working with the breath to cultivate stillness, and the practice of inner vigilance or awareness. But this book is not a mere historical survey of these teachings. In Into the Silent Land, we see the ancient wisdom of both the Christian East and West brought sharply to bear on the modern-day longing for radical openness to God in the depths of the heart. Laird's book is not like the many presentations for beginners. While useful for those just starting out, this book serves especially as a guide for those who desire to journey yet deeper into the silence of God. The heart of the book focuses on negotiating key moments of struggle on the contemplative path, when the whirlwind of distractions or the brick wall of boredom makes it difficult to continue. Laird shows that these inner struggles, even wounds, that any person of prayer must face, are like riddles, trying to draw out of us our own inner silence. Ultimately Laird shows how the wounds we loathe become vehicles of the healing silence we seek, beyond technique and achievement. Throughout the language is fresh, direct, and focused on real-life examples of people whose lives are incomparably enriched by the practice of contemplation.



A Sunlit Absence

A Sunlit Absence Author Martin Laird
ISBN-10 9780195378726
Release 2011-07-28
Pages 208
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In his sequel to the best-selling Into the Silent Land, Martin Laird guides the reader more deeply into the sanctuary of Christian meditation. He focuses here on negotiating key moments of difficulty on the contemplative path, showing how the struggles we resist become vehicles of the healing silence we seek. With clarity and grace Laird shows how we can move away from identifying with our turbulent, ever-changing thoughts and emotions to the cultivation of a "sunlit absence"--the luminous awareness in which God's presence can most profoundly be felt.



Answering the Contemplative Call

Answering the Contemplative Call Author Carl McColman
ISBN-10 9781571746771
Release 2013-01-01
Pages 168
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The mystical path is not some sort of static experience for the select few, says Carl McColman, rather, it is a living tradition, a rich and many-layered dimension of spirituality that is in large measure a quest to find the mysteries at the heart of the universe, paradoxically nestled within the heart of your own soul. McColman first introduced readers to Christianity's lost mystical roots in his popular book, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. Now McColman is back with Answering the Contemplative Call, to show readers how to apply the riches of the mystical tradition to daily living. This book is organized in three sections: "Recognizing the Call," Explores how each one of us is called to the mystical life, and what that might look like. "Preparing for the Journey," shows what we need to do in response to the contemplative call."Embarking on the Adventure" considers what those first steps on the path might look like. Along the way McColman quotes from the great mystics of the Christian tradition who have also traveled this path, including Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, Evelyn Underhill and more. In Answering the Contemplative Call, McColman offers a practice that will help readers come to a place meaning and purpose in their lives.



Centering Prayer and the Healing of the Unconscious

Centering Prayer and the Healing of the Unconscious Author Murchadh O Madagain
ISBN-10 9781590561072
Release 2007
Pages 312
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In this searching study, Fr. Murchadh Fr. O MadagAin describes the life and thoughts of Fr. Thomas Keating, the Trappist monk who was one of the founders of the centering prayer movement. Centering prayer aims to reclaim the Christian contemplative and mystical traditions after centuries of neglect and to make it available for modern spiritual seekers. Fr. O MadagAin traces its roots back to the fourth- and fifth-century Desert Fathers such as Evagrius and John Cassian. He shows how it was used in the medieval classic "The Cloud of Unknowing" and practiced by saints John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, then revived by Thomas Merton during the twentieth century. Fr. O MadagAin illustrates how, by bringing the insights of contemporary psychology to bear on this ancient method of prayer, Fr. Keating has not only revitalized the contemplative tradition, but also has enabled it to become a powerful tool for people of faith to gain insight into themselves and God, whom Keating calls the "divine healer." Fr. O MadagAin also unpacks the processes at work in centering prayer and clears up some of the common misunderstandings that surround it. Centering Prayer and the Healing of the Unconscious is an essential work for all those interested in the history and practice of centering prayer. In addition to describing the background of this unique and effective practice, Fr. O MadagAin offers unique insights into the ideas of one of its leading contemporary teachers and practitioners.



Silence A User s Guide Volume Two

Silence  A User s Guide  Volume Two Author Maggie Ross
ISBN-10 9781532612084
Release 2017-12-13
Pages 150
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To learn to read a text for the portals of silence that are implicit in it is to gain a powerful tool for supporting and expanding one’s silence, and to open the reader to the insight that ensues. The sort of reading proposed in this volume is both costly and rewarding. These pages invite readers once again to look at their own minds, to reflect on what is happening there, and to understand the essential role of silence for being human, and for living our own truth with one another.



Living Simply Through the Day

Living Simply Through the Day Author Tilden Edwards
ISBN-10 0809138174
Release 1998
Pages 244
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Contemplative understanding and practice for persons wanting to live more simply in God's presence amidst the complexities of their lives.



Too Deep for Words

Too Deep for Words Author Thelma Hall
ISBN-10 0809129590
Release 1988
Pages 110
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"Sister Thelma Hall is a skilled guide--never intrusive, always gentle and respectful of where we are, and filled with common sense and a touch of the glitter of grace". Dr. Doris Donnelly, Center for Spiritually, Note Dame, Indiana



Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening Author Cynthia Bourgeault
ISBN-10 9781561012626
Release 2004
Pages 178
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Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is a complete guidebook for all who wish to know the practice of Centering Prayer.



Silence

Silence Author Robert Sardello
ISBN-10 9781583944158
Release 2011-06-14
Pages 152
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With its beautifully rich prose, Robert Sardello's newest book invites us to experience silence as a companion presence, a creative heart-felt experience that renews, restores, and deepens the body's response to the internal and external world. Drawing on images and ideas from the Trials of St. Anthony, Anthroposophy, Depth Psychology, and Phenomenology, the book delves deeply into the subtleties of silence, exploring the phenomenon as a source of wholeness and revitalization.Sharing his own insights from years of experience in spiritual psychology, Sardello takes us on an inner journey beyond the chaotic noise of the ego to a place of inner communion and self-healing. Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness opens our eyes to the importance of cultivating the nurturing aspects of silence in our personal relationships and enables us to awaken the inner currents of spirituality that ultimately lead to a path of universal compassion, service, and healing. From the Trade Paperback edition.



The Path of Centering Prayer

The Path of Centering Prayer Author David Frenette
ISBN-10 9781604078947
Release 2012-09-01
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In the teachings of Jesus, there are prayers, and then there is prayer-the silent, loving communion with the divine, beyond words or ritual. With Father Thomas Keating's book Open Mind, Open Heart, hundreds of thousands discovered the transformative power of Centering Prayer as a form of Christian meditation. Now, with The Path of Centering Prayer, Keating's senior student, friend, and advisor David Frenette reveals the profound depths of this practice, making it easier for meditators to deepen their connection with God.Beginning and experienced practitioners alike will benefit from this fresh voice, at once eloquent and clear, as they explore: The key insights and principles of Centering Prayer Guided instruction in the sacred word, sacred breath, and sacred glance practices Gentleness and openness: the way of letting go and letting be Experiencing a deeper sense of God in meditation and in everyday life Many other contemplative practices and teachings founded upon the wisdom of Fathers Thomas Keating and Thomas MertonHas your spiritual path grown routine or unfulfilling, or is it at a crossroads for new discovery? For all Christians who seek to move closer into the presence of the divine, The Path of Centering Prayer offers guidance in this rewarding and time-honored meditation practice, to help break through obstacles and illuminate the way.



The Practice of the Presence of God

The Practice of the Presence of God Author Martin Laird
ISBN-10 9781317076575
Release 2016-11-29
Pages 168
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Exploring the unity of the practice of prayer and the practice of theology, this book draws together insights from world-class theologians including Rowan Williams, Andrew Louth, Frances Young, Margaret R. Miles, Sebastian Brock, and Nicholaï Sakharov. Offering glimpses of the prayer-life and witness that undergirds theological endeavour, some authors approach the topic in a deeply personal way while others express the unity of prayer and the theologian in a traditionally scholarly manner. No matter what the denomination of the Christian theologian - Greek or Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist - authors demonstrate that the discipline of theology cannot properly be practiced apart from the prayer life of the theologian. The prayer of the theologian shapes her or his approach to theology. Whether it be preaching, teaching, writing or research, the deep soundings of prayer inform and embrace all.



Into the Silent Land

Into the Silent Land Author Paul Broks
ISBN-10 1843540347
Release 2004
Pages 256
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Into the Silent Land marks the debut of an astonishing new voice. Paul Broks draws on his many years as a neuropsychologist to create a unique mosaic of neurological tales, metaphysical parables and autobiographical reflections. He describes ordinary people whose extraordinary situations have much to teach us about chance, compassion and human resilience in the face of adversity. It is a book that penetrates the reader's imagination and lingers in the memory long after the final page.



Invitation to Love

Invitation to Love Author Thomas Keating
ISBN-10 9780826406989
Release 1994-06-01
Pages 160
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In the course of numerous workshops and retreats Father Keating is asked many questions regarding contemplative practice. How will it affect my life? Where does it lead us spiritually? What obstacles will I encounter along the way? How does it work? As Keating answers, this book is "an attempt to provide a road map, as it were, for the journay that begins when Centering Prayer is seriously undertaken...for a deepening relationship with God.">



The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism Author Carl McColman
ISBN-10 9781571746245
Release 2010-01-01
Pages 309
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An introduction to the mystical component of Christianity reveals its ancient traditions of meditation, philosophy, enlightenment and devotion to the blissful experience of a Divine presence, in a volume that combines practical instruction with historical, biographical and biblical information.



Journey to the Heart

Journey to the Heart Author Kim Nataraja
ISBN-10 9781848251083
Release 2011-01-01
Pages 428
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The contemplative tradition in Christianity traces its origins back to Jesus himself, who frequently withdrew to quiet places to pray, and it has nourished and challenged disciples in every generation since.Journey to the Heart is an in-depth and richly illustrated exploration of Christian spirituality by some of today's leading spiritual writers. From New Testament times to the present day, it reveals the life and teachings of the greatest Christian mystics including: · Jesus, St John and St Paul· The Early Church Fathers – Clement, Origen, Gregory of Nyssa· Desert Mothers and Fathers · the Monastics – Benedict, Francis· the early English mystics – Julian of Norwich, Marjorie Kemp and Walter Hilton· the European tradition – St John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart · the poets – Traherne, George Herbert· modern day mystics – Merton, Bede Griffiths, John Main



Living Compassion

Living Compassion Author Andrew Dreitcer
ISBN-10 0835817237
Release 2017-10-01
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In the face of hurtful public discourse and worldwide conflict, many Christians long for lives of genuine compassion. After all, centuries of Christian teachings have insisted that compassion forms the heart of the Christian life. But what does it mean to be compassionate in the way Jesus was? What does wise, courageous, world-transforming compassion look like in daily life? And assuming we know what compassion is, how do we form true compassion in our lives? How do we become compassionate toward ourselves and others--even those we experience as enemies? In Living Compassion, Andrew Dreitcer leads us through compassion practices that appear from the earliest centuries of Christianity right up to the present. Each practice, whether ancient or contemporary, moves us from understanding compassion to truly living compassion.



Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer Author James P. Danaher
ISBN-10 9781610975995
Release 2011-09-22
Pages 154
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The current popularity of contemplative prayer is not accidental. A twenty-first-century understanding of the human condition has made us suspicious of words and the understanding we craft out of words. Theology generally offers us words that purport to give us a more precise and certain understanding of God, but the mystic has always known that our relationship to God transcends words and the kind of understanding that words produce. The theology of the mystic has always been about understanding our communion with the mystery that is God in order to fall evermore deeply in love with the Divine. That is the ultimate purpose of contemplative prayer, and the purpose of this book is to offer a philosophy and theology of contemplative prayer in the twenty-first century.