Christian Meditation introduces an ancient practice to a contemporary audience. James Finley, a well-known spiritual counselor and speaker, presents the fundamentals of both understanding and practicing Christian meditation.A former monk and student of Thomas Merton, Finley teaches readers to expand (or begin) their meditation practices in concert with their faith and guides them to discover that divine moments of awakened consciousness can lead to a deeper connection with Christ. He explains how meditation can enrich our daily lives by connecting us not only with the present moment, but also with the eternal now that is beyond time.
Finley provides simple, helpful instructions on the practicalities so essential to true meditation -- focusing one's attention, sitting, breathing, orienting one's eyes, walking, and main taining a compassionate, forgiving attitude. Above all, he makes clear that the aim of meditation is to allow us to experience divine contemplation, the presence of God.
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In 1967, Thomas Merton traveled to Thailand, seeking to further the Buddhist-Christian dialogue that was his passion. It was to be his last journey. This beloved Trappist monk and explorer of the inner life died unexpectedly that trip, but not before writing a final letter to his brothers at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. In it Merton wrote that he now realized that everything he had been searching for could be found at his own hermitage, within the Christian tradition. It is in this spirit, with respect for all faiths, that James Finley offers Christian Meditation, an audio retreat about the fundamental practices at the heart of Christianity's own unique meditation traditionProduct Description:
Discover the practices and insights at the heart of Christianity’s own meditation tradition with this enriching "retreat" on audio. Looking back to his monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani, where he studied with Thomas Merton, author James Finley shares uniquely Christian teachings for cultivating awareness of the interconnection of all life. Mining Christianity’s own lineage of contemplatives and mystics, such as the Desert Fathers and Meister Eckhart, Finley guides us through an unmatched eight-hour course of original meditations and other practices, fully illuminating this 2,000-year-old path to inner transformation and unity with the divine.
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Book Description HarperOne, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1ST. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060591927
Book Description HarperSanFrancisco, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060591927