Frequently Asked Questions About Christian Meditation: The Path of Contemplative Prayer

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One of the world's leading practitioners of Christian Meditation, Paul T. Harris has gathered together the questions he has heard most frequently asked by interested newcomers to this flourishing, rediscovered method of specifically Christian meditation. Based on his vast experience of leading workshops in Canada, Europe and the U. S., Harris has written clear, helpful answers to each of these important questions. In doing so, he has produced a comprehensive, practical handbook for beginners (and teachers of beginners) on the history, theology and practice of Christian meditation. Among the questions addressed here: Why should I meditate? Is it difficult to master this discipline? What is the role of the mantra in Christian meditation? What are the benefits to the body and our health? What is the best way to sit while meditating? Can emptying the mind be dangerous? I'm very busy; how can I set aside time every day to meditate? Can one meditate anywhere? Why is silence important in our life? Where will the "contemplative journey" lead me? Harris has tapped into a remarkable variety of inspiring sources to help answer these questions, from the earliest Christian communities to Etty Hillesum, Thomas Merton and John Main. Reading through these thoughtful Q & A's will provide readers with a comprehensive overview of Christian meditation.

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"Is meditation really prayer?" "How can I set aside an hour a day to meditate?" "What if I fall asleep during meditation?" "Does God speak to us in meditation?" These are just a few of the 56 questions answered in this book, which is a compilation of answers to the most frequently asked questions posed to Paul Harris, a meditator who gives talks and workshops on Christian Meditation across North America and around the world. An honest, practical guide to the discipline of Christian Meditation, it offers encouragement, support and information that will help anyone interested in meditation - beginners and experienced meditators alike - on their contemplative journey.

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Paul Harris, a Canadian, is an author, lecturer, journalist, teacher and former director of the Christian Meditation Centre in London, England.

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