A monk in the world : cultivating a spiritual life by Wayne Teasdale

By Wayne Teasdale

The Mystic middle chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale’s trip right into a multifaceted spirituality mixing his conventional Catholic education and the jap method of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). A Monk on this planet tells what that trip has intended for him — dwelling as a monk open air the monastery, integrating teachings from the world’s religions together with his personal Catholic education, combining his energetic religious perform with the prerequisites of constructing a residing, and pursuing a process social justice in a massive American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale exhibits how others can locate their very own “internal monastery” and convey non secular perform into their busy lives

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I hope to illustrate in A Monk in the World how one can be a mystic or monk in the world without departing it. This book seeks to inculcate the best of the monastic vision by detailing a number of living elements of a spiritual life in the context of pluralism, interfaith encounter, and contemplative experience but also through a creative spirituality of engagement. This book is not about me, but it does draw on my experience to provide examples of how to live as a monk, or mystic, in the world.

Solitude is the teacher and silence is the teaching. We need both in order to grow. Silence and stillness — the quies or hesychia of the desert tradition, the quiet of heart, mind, and will — is an extremely important asset in developing intimacy with God. ” Over the years, with considerable effort and commitment, this divine tongue has become second nature to me. It became familiar and easy only when I learned to submit to it, allowing its restfulness to take hold of my being and attention. To say that God’s language is silence is to suggest that the Divine Reality itself is silence or stillness.

Now, in our age, the desert is in the city — that is, in civilization. Whether we live in sprawling suburbs or rural communities, we’re all 13 a Monk in the World tied together by the common culture of technology, in an increasingly confusing and complicated world. This world is a very exciting place. There is so much to see and experience, to learn, share, and remember. At the same time there is so much to avoid and to be wary of — so much that could compromise the spiritual and moral primacy to which our lives must be dedicated.

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