The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life

The Way of Silence Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life 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 qualit

  • Title: The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life
  • Author: David Steindl-Rast Alicia Von Stamwitz
  • ISBN: 9781632530165
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 on 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 vibrant, and fully alive.

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    1. The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily LifeBy David Steindl-Rast, Franciscan MediaAlthough this book is a slim volume and can be read quickly, it is filled with valuable insights and is a wonderful guide to a spiritual life. It makes a big claim in the title-engaging the sacred in daily life-but it lives up to it.David Steindl-Rast is a Catholic Benedictine priest (b. 1926) with whom I am familiar from his daily gratitude quotes. Through his writings, I developed a practice (not perfec [...]

    2. Simply outstanding! This little book on silence is a treasure trove of insight, not only into silence itself but also into mystical experience, the interconnectedness of different religious perspectives and systems; the two edged sword of doctrine, dogma, and ethics; the nature of institutions, and perhaps even a prescription for moving forward. Highly recommended!

    3. A JoyVery inspiring and gives many new and deep ideas to consider. A joy to read, and sorry when it ended. Would recommend this book for those interested in thinking in a new way about some ancient ideas and beliefs. You will be glad that you took the time to read about this great and holy man.

    4. This is a solid look at the gifts of wakefulness and gratitude from a Christian monastic perspective. My only sadness is that this was a library copy, so I read it too fast and have to return it, but there is a lot here worth ruminating on. Next time Gadget, next time . . .

    5. In The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life, Brother David Steindl-Rast has written a manual for living a meaningful, contemplative life outside of a religious community. Given Steindl-Rast’s age and his reliance on his earlier works, the reader may suspect that this book is a culmination of a lifetime wisdom derived from study and practice. In any case, this small tome contains a powerful message that looks beyond the surface of the major spiritual traditions and even organized r [...]

    6. Appreciating the images of the author and his past. Mother and grandmother images, guiding him in his faith connections to God whilst yet a child. A gentle approach to prayer and the import of silence in our own faith understanding and in the depth of insights. Valuing the reading of these truths.

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