Martin Laird's A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation PDF

By Martin Laird

ISBN-10: 0195378725

ISBN-13: 9780195378726

"The perform of contemplation is likely one of the nice non secular arts," writes Martin Laird in A Sunlit Absence. "Not a method yet a ability, it harnesses the winds of grace that lead us out into the releasing sea of silence." during this spouse quantity to his bestselling Into the Silent Land, Laird makes a speciality of a top quality usually ignored via books on Christian meditation: an enormous and flowing spaciousness that embraces either silence and sound, and transcends all subject/object dualisms. Drawing at the knowledge of significant contemplatives from St. Augustine and St. Teresa of Avila to St. Hesychios, Simone Weil, etc, Laird exhibits how we will be able to discover the deeper degrees of information that leisure inside of us like buried treasure ready to be came upon. the most important perception of the ebook is that as our perform matures, so will our adventure of life's ordeals, sorrows, and joys extend into beneficiant, receptive adulthood. We discover ways to see no matter what problems we event in meditation--boredom, lethargy, vanity, melancholy, grief, anxiety--not as hindrances to be triumph over yet as possibilities to perform hand over to what's. With readability and beauty Laird exhibits how we will be able to stream clear of selecting with our turbulent, ever-changing recommendations and feelings to the cultivation of a "sunlit absence"--the luminous know-how within which God's presence can so much profoundly be felt. Addressed to either novices and intermediates at the pathless course of nonetheless prayer, A Sunlit Absence bargains clever assistance at the specifics of contemplative perform in addition to an inspiring imaginative and prescient of the aim of such perform and the significant position it may play in our religious lives.

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9 BLIND WITH ANGER Evagrius helped lead another student into liberating insight into the nature of her very active mind, especially the connection between her anger and her fear. While she was less revealing of the details of her struggles, she was grappling with the fallout and follow-through of an intervention initiated by concerned friends. She admits it needed to be done but she still struggles with feelings of betrayal and more. She wrote: Evagrius seems to know that as much as our mindtripping on inner videos causes suffering, we somehow find them fascinating and so we have to be careful.

The body’s physical stillness facilitates interior stillness, alertness, and calm. Quietly repeat the prayer word united with the breath. If the prayer word is of more than one syllable or word (such as “Jesus,” “Abba,” or “Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me”), we inhale on the first syllable (or group of words) and exhale on the second syllable (or group of words). During the time of prayer (normally for periods of at least twenty to twenty-five minutes twice a day), we give our attention entirely to this quiet repetition.

I didn’t mean go home and read or listen to music just now. ” And so the man went home and did just that. When he returned the following week he had plenty that he could begin to talk about.

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