Listen to the Desert: Secrets of Spiritual Maturity from the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Listen to the Desert: Secrets of Spiritual Maturity from the Desert Fathers and Mothers

by Gregory Mayers


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The 1,500-year-old spiritual philosophy known as "Desert Wisdom" offers a compelling resources for facing contemporary challenges. Gregory Mayers presents this ancient thought and lifestyle by introducing traditional Wisdom Stories in which characters, actions, and sayings address deep, universal human needs. The lessons emerge from what the author calls "experiencing the wall in life… the emptiness that drains off the meaning and joy of living." These writings, direct accounts of desert monastic life gathered and used by the monks themselves, are brief, loosely-connected passages that range in length from a few sentences to a page or two. The stories are followed by Mayers' provocative interpretations that blend contemporary psychology and contemplative practice with wisdom traditions around the world. Readers with a special interest in the evolution of spiritual consciousness, as well as those who want to look at monastic wisdom for the first time, will find much here to nourish and enlighten their way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780879465339
Publisher: ACTA Publications
Publication date: 11/28/2014
Sales rank: 665,851
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Your Cell Will Teach You 1

Chapter 2 Who Am I? 9

Chapter 3 In the Beginning… 19

Chapter 4 Nonattachment 29

Chapter 5 Be Watchful 39

Chapter 6 Become All Flame 49

Chapter 7 Sell Everything and Give to the Poor 59

Chapter 8 Your Soul Is Not Tough 71

Chapter 9 All Eye 81

Chapter 10 What Is It Necessary to Do to Be Saved? 97

Chapter 11 Seek God 107

Notes 117

Bibliography 121

About the Author 125

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