By Martin Laird
In this spouse quantity to his bestselling Into the Silent Land, Laird specializes in a top quality usually ignored 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 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 relaxation inside of us like buried treasure ready to be chanced on. the main perception of the booklet is that as our perform matures, so will our event of life's ordeals, sorrows, and joys extend into beneficiant, receptive adulthood. We learn how to see no matter what problems we adventure 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 style Laird indicates how we will movement clear of selecting with our turbulent, ever-changing techniques and feelings to the cultivation of a "sunlit absence"--the luminous wisdom during which God's presence can such a lot profoundly be felt.
Addressed to either novices and intermediates at the pathless direction of nonetheless prayer, A Sunlit Absence bargains clever information at the specifics of contemplative perform in addition to an inspiring imaginative and prescient of the aim of such perform and the valuable position it may play in our non secular lives.
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