Autumn Years: Taking the Contemplative Path

Autumn Years: Taking the Contemplative Path


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Autumn Years: Taking the Contemplative Path by Robert H. King, Elizabeth M. King

This is a beginner's guide to contemplation for anyone in the second half of life and also a love story.Autumn Years describes the practice of contemplation as part of a strategy of successful aging. Recognizing that there is no single contemplative path, it includes: sitting meditation, centering prayer, walking meditation, and loving-kindness meditation. It also looks at other practices as well: yoga, lectio divina, koan study, music meditation, dream work, and even travel as pilgrimage.

'Shows that marriage is as much a spiritual jourbaney as monasticism...youth only the beginning of the human exploration of wonder, divine passion, and holiness.' Laurence Freeman, O.S.B., director of the World Community of Christian Meditation

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826418333
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/26/2006
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Robert H. King, a graduate of Harvard and Yale, was professor of philosophy and religion at Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, where he was also academic dean. His most recent book is Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh: Engaged Spirituality in an Age of Globalization. He and Elizabeth live in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado.

Elizabeth M. King is the author of seven books, published under the name Marilyn Morgan Hellenberg, and over 500 poems, articles, and stories, published in more than two dozen magazines from Commonweal, Guideposts, and The Living Church to Parents' Magazine, Reader's Digest, and the Upper Room. Her book God's Best for You sold over one hundred thousand copies in its Guidepost edition (1988).

Table of Contents

To the Reader11
1.Flaming Colors, Falling Leaves15
2.Crossing the Abyss34
3.Interfaith Pilgrims50
4.Finding Your Own Practice64
5.Supporting Your Practice86
6.Relationship as Practice99
7.The Outer and Inner Journey116
8.The Contemplative Experience136
9.Some Fruits of Contemplation151
Resources for Taking the Contemplative Path171

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