Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God

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Christian Meditation introduces an ancient practice to a contemporary audience. James Finley, a well-known spiritual counselor and speaker, presents the fundamentals of both understanding and practicing Christian meditation.A former monk and student of Thomas Merton, Finley teaches readers to expand (or begin) their meditation practices in concert with their faith and guides them to discover that divine moments of awakened consciousness can lead to a deeper connection with Christ. He explains how meditation can enrich our daily lives by connecting us not only with the present moment, but also with the eternal now that is beyond time.

Finley provides simple, helpful instructions on the practicalities so essential to true meditation -- focusing one's attention, sitting, breathing, orienting one's eyes, walking, and main taining a compassionate, forgiving attitude. Above all, he makes clear that the aim of meditation is to allow us to experience divine contemplation, the presence of God.

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Discover the practices and insights at the heart of Christianity's own meditation tradition with this enriching "retreat" on audio. Looking back to his monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani, where he studied with Thomas Merton, author James Finley shares uniquely Christian teachings for cultivating awareness of the interconnection of all life. Mining Christianity's own lineage of mystics, "Christian Meditation" guides listeners through an unmatched eight-hour course of original meditations and other practices.

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James Finley is a former student of Thomas Merton, and is an internationally recognized scholar of the Christian contemplative tradition. Christian Meditation appeals to Christians who want to persue a meditation/contemplative practice that is aligned with their faith. People who are interested in the teachings of the Desert Fathers, Meister Eckhart, Thomas Merton, and Bede Griffiths will find that this complete, guided course, is much like attending a contemplative retreat.

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