The Way of Silence : Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life
Overview - "The tranquility of order is a dynamic tranquility, the stillness of a flame burning in perfect calm, of a wheel spinning so fast that it seems to stand still. Silence in this sense is not only a quality of the environment, but primarily an attitude, an attitude of listening. Read more...
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More About The Way of Silence by David Steindl-Rast
"The tranquility of order is a dynamic tranquility, the stillness of a flame burning in perfect calm, of a wheel spinning so fast that it seems to stand still. Silence in this sense is not only a quality of the environment, but primarily an attitude, an attitude of listening. ... Let us give to one another that gift of silence, so that we can listen together and listen to one another. Only in this silence will we be able to hear that gentle breath of peace, that music to which the spheres dance, that universal harmony to which we, too, hope to dance."
Austrian-born Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast is one of the most influential and beloved spiritual teachers of our time. For decades, Brother David has divided his time between periods of monastic life at the Mount Saviour Monastery in New York and extensive lecture tours on five continents. He has brought spiritual depth into the lives of countless people, whom he touches through his lectures, his workshops and his writings.
Brother David was one of the first Roman Catholics to participate in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, studying under Zen teachers and building bridges between religious traditions. His newest book, The Way of Silence, draws heavily on Buddhist teachings to cultivate the practice of "deep" listening: turning away from noise and distraction, paying attention, and embracing quiet.
The Way of Silence embraces paradox: absence versus presence in silence. Dynamic tranquility. The all-oneness of aloneness. Humbly, trusting in God, you'll practice emptying your mind in order to receive wisdom, insight, and understanding. You'll learn to listen deeply, with a trusting heart--and you'll joyously discover a new, interior freedom that will make you feel more vibrant, and more fully alive.
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Popular spirituality teacher Steindl-Rast (Gratefulness) writes a deceptively short book packed with rich food for thought. The Benedictine monk offers deep insight into prayer in a fetching opening chapter that he ties to a variety of personal experiences as well as reflections on the Trinity. He nimbly makes connections and plumbs observations of everyday things, as the title promises. The book is like a buffet of small plates, best savored chapter by chapter. The theme of mysticism, which for Steindl-Rast is both the starting point and goal of the world's religions, connects and unifies the exposition. He borrows from esteemed spirituality writer Thomas Merton, another monk who plumbed silence, as he opens the door to contemplating the universe of "limitless belonging." From there the book moves through paradox, the bodily roots of mindfulness, the revelation of God through the senses, and other vast topics. To the rationalist believer this is woolly stuff, but the author consistently anchors his mysticism in the concrete detail of daily life. Steindl-Rast serves up another well-seasoned helping of spirituality. (June)