Learning To Dance Inside

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In this wise and refreshing little book, a former Trappist monk describes the spiritual goals and everyday rewards of meditation-an approach that “is infinitely more helpful and inspiring than the usual and expected treatises on the subject” (Publishers Weekly).

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Overview

In this wise and refreshing little book, a former Trappist monk describes the spiritual goals and everyday rewards of meditation-an approach that “is infinitely more helpful and inspiring than the usual and expected treatises on the subject” (Publishers Weekly).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fowler spent 17 years obeying a vow of silence as a Trappist monk, then left the order, married and was excommunicated from his church. From this mix of experiences he has emerged with a clarity of communication that serves this volume well. The depths of his meditative abilities are also very evident, however, and the directness with which he addresses the reasons for following meditative practice will assist any reader. This is not a how-to book. Quite the contrary. Fowler says very clearly: "I don't want readers to follow rules in their search-instead of understanding the process and how it works." His compelling descriptions of the spirituality of the meditative state; the outlining of the progression of the four understandings (basic theologies) of God; and the approach to meditation either through clarified understanding or through the heart will assist even the most hesitant to begin the process. Fowler asks that our meditation be built on a foundation of reading and understanding for increased spiritual development, and he gives direction and examples of the nature of that further reading. This work, with its emphasis on the rewards of meditation rather than its external techniques, is infinitely more helpful and inspiring than the usual and expected treatises on the subject. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156005241
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/15/1997
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Edition description: Harvest
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 241,119
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 How It Happened for Me 1
2 Meditation Works 9
3 Examples of Its Results 17
4 A Glimpse of the Goal 25
5 An Overview of the Process 33
6 It's a Spiritual Universe 45
7 Retooling Religious Ideas 53
8 Beyond Religious Stories 67
9 The Underlying Fact 75
10 A New Way of Finding God 91
11 Two Clarifications 101
12 Breakthrough! 109
13 The Evolution of Dawn 121
14 Getting Started 129
15 Keeping the Vision 143
16 Sunrise 153
Epilogue 161
Appendix A Spiritual Reading 163
Appendix B Keeping a Spiritual Journal 173
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