Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2002 - Religion - 160 pages
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This book is designed to initiate the reader into a deep, living relationship with God. Written by an acknowledged spiritual master, the book moves beyond "discursive meditation and particular acts to the intuitive level of contemplation." Keating gives an overview of the history of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, and step-by-step guidance in the method of centering prayer. Special attention is paid to the role of the Sacred Word, Christian growth and transformation, and active prayer. The book ends with an explicit treatment of the contemplative dimension of the gospel. Open Mind, Open Heart will take readers into a world where God can do anything, into a realm of the greatest adventure "Where one is open to the Infinite and hence to infinite possibilities.">
 

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Great treatment on centering prayer and its place in contemplative life. Easy to understand and presented in a practical way.

Contents

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
1
Introduction
3
What Contemplation Is Not
5
Dimensions of Contemplative Prayer
13
The History of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian Tradition
19
First steps in Centering Prayer
33
The Sacred Word as Symbol
43
The Ordinary Kinds of Thoughts
53
The More Subtle Kinds of Thoughts
81
The Unloading of the Unconscious
93
Summary of the Centering Prayer Method
109
The Intensive Centering Prayer Experience
117
Methods of Extending the Effects of Contemplative Prayer into Daily Life
123
Appendices
133
Glossary
145
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The Birth of Spiritual Attentiveness
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Father Thomas Keating is known throughout the world as an exponent, teacher, and writer on contemplative prayer. A Cistercian (Trappist) monk of St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado, he is a founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and of Contemplative Outreach. He is the author of numerous books, particularly of the trilogy Open Mind, Open Heart; Invitation to Love; and The Mystery of Christ. Among his most recent books is The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living, compiled by S. Stephanie Iachetta.

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