"The perform of contemplation is without doubt 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."
In this better half quantity to his bestselling Into the Silent Land, Laird specializes in a high quality usually missed by means of books on Christian meditation: an unlimited and flowing spaciousness that embraces either silence and sound, and transcends all subject/object dualisms. Drawing at the knowledge of serious contemplatives from St. Augustine and St. Teresa of Avila to St. Hesychios, Simone Weil, and so on, Laird indicates how we will be able to discover the deeper degrees of understanding that leisure inside of us like buried treasure ready to be stumbled on. the main perception of the ebook is that as our perform matures, so will our event 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, conceitedness, melancholy, grief, anxiety--not as stumbling blocks to be conquer yet as possibilities to perform give up to what's. With readability and style Laird exhibits how we will be able to stream clear of determining with our turbulent, ever-changing concepts and feelings to the cultivation of a "sunlit absence"--the luminous knowledge within which God's presence can so much profoundly be felt.
Addressed to either newbies and intermediates at the pathless direction 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 important function it could actually play in our religious lives.
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