A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation by Martin Laird

By Martin Laird

"The perform of contemplation is likely one of the nice religious 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 spouse quantity to his bestselling Into the Silent Land, Laird makes a speciality of a top quality usually missed by way 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 significant contemplatives from St. Augustine and St. Teresa of Avila to St. Hesychios, Simone Weil, and so forth, Laird exhibits how we will be able to discover the deeper degrees of information that relaxation inside us like buried treasure ready to be came across. the foremost perception of the e-book 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 stumbling blocks to be conquer yet as possibilities to perform give up to what's. With readability and beauty Laird indicates how we will be able to circulate clear of settling on with our turbulent, ever-changing concepts and feelings to the cultivation of a "sunlit absence"--the luminous know-how within which God's presence can such a lot profoundly be felt.
Addressed to either newbies and intermediates at the pathless direction of nonetheless prayer, A Sunlit Absence deals clever tips at the specifics of contemplative perform in addition to an inspiring imaginative and prescient of the aim of such perform and the relevant position it could actually play in our religious lives.

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