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In The Contemplative Heart, Finley teaches us how to find breathing room in our cluttered lives. He reveals the divine in the mundane and offers remedies ...
In The Contemplative Heart, Finley teaches us how to find breathing room in our cluttered lives. He reveals the divine in the mundane and offers remedies to soothe stress and allow mindful living in the present moment.
Difficult as it may seem, a contemplative life is possible in today’s world. In fact, it is essential to remain grounded in the meaning and value of our lives beyond what we produce and achieve. The Contemplative Heart maps a path for the journey to insight and self-transformation.
Finley offers guidelines for meditative practices that promote self-reflection. He shows how to include contemplative influences in our lives and root out those that hinder the process.
Each chapter of The Contemplative Heart serves as a "dance lesson" for life. God never said, "Let there be rush hours." But Psalm 46:10 does say, "Be still and know that I am God." Finley shares the lessons he has carried from the monastery to help us discover instruction for contemplative living deep in our individual situations.
The Contemplative Heart is not for believers alone. Non-believers often feel equally lost in the swirl of expectations the world imposes on them. Finley teaches everyone how to navigate these external circumstances without neglecting our internal needs--a lesson too often ignored until facing death. The Contemplative Heart helps us seek a more reflective way of life. The Contemplative Heart teaches us how to live.
James Finley recognizes the depth and range of today's spiritual yearning and refuses to settle for anything but its most profound possibilities.
He opens our everyday living to the contemplative traditions, practices, and teaching that have been traditionally the preserve of the monk, and he does so without diluting them.
He makes us realize that wherever we live, whatever we do, the richest possibilities of a contemplative life are within our reach—that they are in fact what we have been searching for all along.
He shows us how to:
|A Note to the Reader||8|
|Part 1||A Contemplative Vision of Life||11|
|1||Seeking a More Contemplative Way of Life||13|
|2||The Divinity of What Just Is||23|
|Part 2||Find Your Contemplative Practice and Practice It||43|
|4||Discovering Your Contemplative Practices||45|
|Eyes Closed or Lowered Toward the Ground||73|
|Hands in a Comfortable or Meaningful Position||83|
|Slow, Deep, Natural Breathing||84|
|Present, Open, and Awake, Neither Clinging to nor Rejecting Anything||93|
|Repetition of a Word or Phrase||105|
|Part 3||Find Your Contemplative Community and Enter It||131|
|6||Instances of Contemplative Community||133|
|7||The Developmental Revelations of Contemplative Community||151|
|Part 4||Find Your Contemplative Teaching and Follow It||175|
|8||Discerning That Which Enhances||177|
|9||Discerning That Which Hinders||199|