By Wayne Teasdale
The Mystic middle chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale's trip right into a multifaceted spirituality mixing his conventional Catholic education and the japanese means of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). A Monk on the planet tells what the adventure has intended for him — dwelling as a monk outdoor the monastery, integrating teachings from the world's religions along with his personal Catholic education, combining his lively religious perform with the prerequisites of creating a residing, and pursuing a process social justice in an incredible American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale indicates how others can locate their very own inner monastery and produce non secular perform into their busy lives.
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As we arrived at the summit, I watched as each pilgrim rang the bell the number of times they had climbed Sri Pada. My two friends disappeared in the peak’s fortlike maze, and I found myself curiously alone to face the dawn. As I looked out into the thick clouds that obscured its approach, 5 a Monk in the World the sun appeared as a slight, pale presence in the midst of the fog, a barely perceptible, ghostly specter. But as I watched, its rays literally melted through the clouds, which then parted, and I found myself face-to-face with the sun.
Living as a Monk in the World Why Be a Monk in the World? Is it possible for the masses of humanity, who do not live in monastic seclusion, to activate the monk within? Are we capable of realizing the mystical life here in the world, in the midst of so much frantic activity? That question is the basic preoccupation of this book. Why be a monk in the world and not in a comfortable monastery? For many years I assumed I would find God sequestered away, and surely one can, but I learned a valuable lesson from my time in India.
Lectio Divina Between these periods of contemplative centering prayer, I engage in lectio divina, or spiritual reading. Although it’s not always possible to fit it in, it usually happens one way or another, sufficient to my needs. 3 Lectio divina is an ancient monastic practice of contemplation that nourishes our lives. For me, lectio divina is one of the most powerful ways to remove myself from the corrupting influence of the modern world. In its early history as a form of prayer, it focused primarily on meditative reading of scripture or the life of a saint.
A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life by Wayne Teasdale