Mindfulness And Christian Spirituality

Author: Tim Stead
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 9780281074877
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May I be safe and protected. May I be at peace in mind and body. May I live with ease and kindness. (Kindness practice, p. 120) We can all engage with such longings and wish these good things for the people we love. Mindfulness practice is hugely popular these days! But what, Tim Stead asks, does it have to offer Christianity? How might it help us to transform the way we manage stress and open up more completely to the promised 'life in all its fullness'? Key is the definition of mindfulness as being more fully aware of our own experience in the present moment in a non-judgmental way. The author finds that 'distractions';, so often the bane of those trying to pray, can be taken note of without our being caught up in or taken over by them. A non-judgemental approach seems entirely consistent with talk of grace, and as Christians we know we can only ever experience God in the present moment. Tim reflects: 'If I feel loved entirely without judgment, I will gradually dare to allow every aspect of myself to come into the light of God's gaze and so into relationship with the rest of myself and this is how healing comes.' 'You can read this book in a day, but take it to heart and it will last a lifetime.' - Professor Mark Williams, from the Foreward

Living With The Mind Of Christ

Author: Stefan Gillow Reynolds
Publisher:
ISBN: 0232532508
Size: 20.65 MB
Format: PDF
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Through the teachings of Jesus, and Christian mystics such as St Augustine and Meister Eckhart, Stefan Gillow Reynolds demonstrates that the practice of Mindfulness leading to silent meditation, recommended by many therapists, is not a modern fad but has always had a place within contemplative Christianity.

Right Here Right Now

Author: Amy G. Oden
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781501832505
Size: 12.22 MB
Format: PDF
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Christians have always practiced mindfulness. Yet, from the popular landscape of mindfulness movement, you’d never know that. Where is the Christian voice in this fast-growing movement? Many Christians practice mindfulness outside of church and believe it does not belong to our faith tradition. This book reveals the Christian roots of mindfulness and the actual practices that, when reclaimed, deepen the life of faith and the power of our mission of love in the world. When we understand how radical it is to live in God’s presence right here, right now, our lives are transformed toward mercy, justice and abundant life. Amy Oden shows how the practice of Christian mindfulness begins with the teachings of Jesus and continues throughout Christian history. It also includes step-by-step instructions for the practice of Christian mindfulness today. Pastors and leaders will find this book useful on the ground as they curate current culture and guide Christians in spiritual practices.

Faith Postures

Author: Holly Sprink
Publisher:
ISBN: 1573125474
Size: 13.31 MB
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What have you noticed today? A life of faith is not something we float through on a cloud unaware; it is the mindful process of letting God change us, letting him develop our spiritual sensitivity toward the things of God and his kingdom. In "Faith Postures," Holly Sprink describes a two-fold journey-first, we must notice the kingdom of God. How is God's kingdom arriving in our world right now? Are we proclaiming the difference it makes in our everyday lives? Second, we must allow Christ to realign us, to adjust and transform us into living examples of his wholeness. We take up residence in this kingdom by letting him redirect our attitudes toward life and health in him. Sprink guides readers through a growing awareness of God's desire for relationship and of the emotional and spiritual postures that enable us to learn to be still, to listen, and to be mindful-not only of ourselves, but of the One outside ourselves. In developing the art of noticing and practicing the postures of our faith in God, we begin to realize the spiritual health we yearn for.

Soulfulness

Author: Brian Draper
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781473630765
Size: 17.12 MB
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The beauty of mindfulness is that it's incredibly simple both to 'get' and to practice. And the results - increasingly backed by neuro-scientific evidence -- are priceless: calmness and reduced stress, more creativity, greater awareness, compassion. . . And yet there's a danger that mindfulness can be used in a purely consumerist and self-serving way to help people to become better adapted cogs in a still-toxic model of work and life. Brian Draper challenges us to live not just mindfully but soulfully. Not merely to be less stressed, but to flourish, dynamically and creatively - to be present - through living intentionally and compassionately.

Waking Up

Author: Sam Harris
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451636031
Size: 13.72 MB
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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

The Vrigin Eye

Author: Robin Daniels
Publisher:
ISBN: 1909728527
Size: 13.41 MB
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The Virgin Eye inspires us to see the world anew through the innocent eyes of a child, so as to become more aware of God's presence in everyday life and encounters. Offering insights into contemplative prayer and mindfulness from a Christian perspective, this book is accessible to those at various points on their journey. Robin Daniels encourages us to prioritise the inner life and our relationship with God, making space for silence and solitude. He helps us to jettison the tired preconceptions and stale paradigms through which we see the world and isolate ourselves from others. Daniels demonstrates how we can put St Paul's challenging exhortation to 'pray without ceasing' into practice. He explores how we can turn suffering and trial into opportunity and growth, as we learn to see God, ourselves and other people with a pure heart and a pure eye.