Monastery Without Walls: Daily Life in the Silence

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iUniverse, Jun 21, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 196 pages
There is a part of each of us that is a monk or a mystic. We yearn for perfect peace yet live our lives far removed from traditional monasteriesyet most of us would not want to give up our personal and spiritual freedom to join monastic life.

We seek wholeness but realize that wholeness is not possible without sacredness. Sacred life takes root in solitude, in the time we take to develop a relationship with our inner lifein the kind of setting a monastery would offer.

This book speaks to the monk or mystic within us. It affirms our place in the sacred silence of solitude and inner reflection, showing how even everyday life is filled with opportunities to live fully in the worldas if it were a holy monastery. Here we learn to live within the limits as well as the spirit of everyday life, how to appreciate our most human self as the path to explore the divine.

Here we encounter a world that is clearly available to us, a world filled with nothing less than the gift of sacred silence within the monastery without walls.

 

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This book offered lots of wonderful thoughts about silence, solitude and the call to be a monk in the world. At times it is really tedious, as he goes off into more esoteric ramblings about spirituality. Read full review

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Davis provides an excellent New Age approach to spirituality, to developing the interior disciplines of silence, meditation, and prayer and expressing them in the outer daily life of family, work, and ... Read full review

Contents

MEDITATION
17
PRAYER
29
DAILY LIFE IN THE SILENCE
41
PATHWAYS INTO THE SILENCE
63
MONASTERY WITHOUT WALLS
85
THE HUMAN ASPECTS
95
FURTHER SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
127
OUR SOUL AND THE STARS
161
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
183
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Bruce Davis, Ph.D., professional therapist, retreat leader is director silentstay.com next to Napa Valley in California. People from many countries attend these retreats for the simple peace, nature, and silence. Bruce's retreats have been recognized in Travel/leisure Magazine as one of the top ten retreats in the world. These retreats have also been recommended in the Huffington Post and Martha Steward's Whole Living Magazine.

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