By James Finley

Input a Monastery with out partitions Christian Meditation introduces an historical perform to a latest viewers. James Finley, a former monk and pupil of Thomas Merton, offers the basics of either realizing and training Christian meditation. He offers uncomplicated, important directions, in addition to explaining the deeper reference to the divine that meditation can deliver. certainly, he makes transparent that the purpose of meditation is to permit us to adventure divine contemplation -- the presence of God.

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Closing or lowering our eyes embodies a "Lord, that I might see" stance in which we seek to see, through meditative eyes, the mystery of God eternally loving us into the present moment for himself alone. Sitting still and straight, with your eyes closed or lowered toward the ground, breath in and out slowly, in a natural, relaxed manner. Settle into your breathing. Listen to each lifesustaining breath. Allow your breathing to embody a childlike openness to God giving herself to you, whole and complete, in and as your very breath.

All share various spiritual practices that, when engaged in with heartfelt devotion and commitment, can evoke or invite a profound, life-transforming realization of oneness with the divine. The trend in some Christian circles today to use the term meditation interchangeably with the term contemplation makes sense as long as there is a basic understanding of the distinctions that have been briefly summarized here. With these distinctions in mind, we can read the term meditation and understand it in the context in which it used.

This is one of the refrains that run throughout the lives and teachings of the Christian mystics —that only love and all that is given in love is real. Love is at once the means and end of the journey into God, who is love itself. And since love impels us to act lovingly, we can begin to see as well the radical and intimate connection between a nonviolent, Christlike response to our own suffering and our response to the suffering of those we encounter in 32 CHRISTIAN MEDITATION walking out our own front door or in watching the evening news on television.

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