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Re: Meditation or Centering Prayer

Posted by nicolas on September 4, 2004, at 15:04:21

In reply to Meditation or Centering Prayer, posted by verne on September 4, 2004, at 11:50:28


St John of the Cross is a mystic of the highest order and a brilliant poet. Unfortunately, since we have lost touch with the esoteric dimension of Christianity, his work can be difficult to follow. I read it for the poetry and occasionally catch a glimpse of the meaning but his prayer is of a higher order than my own. It is nevertheless inspiring.

The dark night of the soul isn't merely depression, though it may seem to be such. We may feel abandoned by God but the dark night is withdrawal from the senses, or the evening, faith, or midnight, and then as the dawn breaks, union with God.

As for books to introduce one to prayer and meditation, I have elsewhere recommened a book by Joseph Goldstein entitled "Insight Meditation." I would also recommend "Praying with Body and Soul" by Jane E. Vennard.

I hope this double quotations work.




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