9780826414205

Open Mind, Open Heart : The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel

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  • ISBN13:

    9780826414205

  • ISBN10:

    0826414206

  • Edition: 20th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-07-01
  • Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group
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Summary

A beautiful new gift edition of this classic work of spirituality, complete with ribbon marker.This book is designed to initiate the reader into a deep, living relationship with God. Written by an acknowledged spiritual master, the book moves beyond "discursive meditation and particular acts to the intuitive level of contemplation." Keating gives an overview of the history of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, and step-by-step guidance in the method of centering prayer. Special attention is paid to the role of the Sacred Word, Christian growth and transformation, and active prayer. The book ends with an explicit treatment of the contemplative dimension of the gospel.

Author Biography

Thomas Keating is a Cistercian priest, monk, and abbot. He presently resides at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. Father Keating is a founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and of Contemplative Outreach. This book is the first in a trilogy, and is followed by The Mystery of Christ and Invitation to Love.

Table of Contents

Prayer to the Holy Spirit 1(2)
Introduction 3(2)
What Contemplation Is Not
5(8)
Dimensions of Contemplative Prayer
13(6)
The History of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian Tradition
19(14)
First steps in Centering Prayer
33(10)
The Sacred Word as Symbol
43(10)
The Ordinary Kinds of Thoughts
53(18)
The Birth of Spiritual Attentiveness
71(10)
The More Subtle Kinds of Thoughts
81(12)
The Unloading of the Unconscious
93(16)
Summary of the Centering Prayer Method
109(8)
The Intensive Centering Prayer Experience
117(6)
Methods of Extending the Effects of Contemplative Prayer into Daily Life
123(4)
Guidelines for Christian Life Growth and Transformation
127(18)
Appendices
The Active Prayer
133(2)
The Weekly Support Group
135(1)
A Medication
136(2)
The Essentials
138(5)
A Brief History
143(2)
Glossary 145

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