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The contemplative heart
Finley, James.
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Notre Dame, Ind. : Sorin Press, [2000]

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223 pages ; 23 cm
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BV5091.C7 F56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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. The Contemplative Heart, enables readers to 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
A Note to the Readerp. 8
Part 1 A Contemplative Vision of Lifep. 11
1 Seeking a More Contemplative Way of Lifep. 13
2 The Divinity of What Just Isp. 23
3 Ignorancep. 29
Part 2 Find Your Contemplative Practice and Practice Itp. 43
4 Discovering Your Contemplative Practicesp. 45
5 Meditationp. 51
Sit Stillp. 53
Sit Straightp. 61
Eyes Closed or Lowered Toward the Groundp. 73
Hands in a Comfortable or Meaningful Positionp. 83
Slow, Deep, Natural Breathingp. 84
Present, Open, and Awake, Neither Clinging to nor Rejecting Anythingp. 93
Repetition of a Word or Phrasep. 105
Compassionp. 111
Walking Meditationp. 117
Part 3 Find Your Contemplative Community and Enter Itp. 131
6 Instances of Contemplative Communityp. 133
7 The Developmental Revelations of Contemplative Communityp. 151
Part 4 Find Your Contemplative Teaching and Follow Itp. 175
8 Discerning That Which Enhancesp. 177
9 Discerning That Which Hindersp. 199
Notesp. 220