In 1967, Thomas Merton traveled to Thailand, seeking to further the Buddhist-Christian dialogue that was his passion. This beloved Trappist monk and explorer of the inner life died unexpectedly that trip, but not before writing a final letter to his brothers at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. In the letter, Merton wrote that he now realized that everything he had been searching for could be found at his own hermitage, within the Christian tradition.
It is in this spirit, with respect for all faiths, that James Finley offers Christian Meditation, an audio retreat about the fundamental practices at the heart of Christianity's own unique meditation tradition.
Beyond the Closed Horizon of the Ego
Since the time of the Desert Fathers in the third century, Finley begins, Christian mystics have practiced meditation as a way of opening to the direct presence of God in daily life. Legendary seekers such as Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Meister Eckhart explored how meditation can lead us beyond the closed horizon of the ego, to an interior and holy refuge that is always available to us. On Christian Meditation, James Finley offers a gentle introduction to this all-transforming way of life, and the ever-deepening realization of oneness with Christ it leads us to.
Enter the Cloud of Unknowing
Beginning with an overview of the Christian contemplative tradition and its historical roots, and complete with step-by-step instructions about how to progress in your own practice, Finley offers a personal retreat experience for you to practice along with, at your own pace. In 12 complete sessions and more than seven hours of basic instruction with the beginner in mind, James Finley guides you along this path of awakening, in order to glimpse the infinite union that holds the secret of who we really are. This state of awakened consciousness, referred to by an anonymous Christian mystic as the cloud of unknowing, is held in common by the world's great wisdom traditions, both Eastern and Western.
Divine IntimacyMeditation has the power to reveal to us the surprising nearness of God, Finley teaches. As you expand your meditation practice, in concert with your faith, you will find that these divine moments come more often, until you are finally awakened to your own deepest self, one with Christ, with James Finley's Christian Meditation.
Learn more about:
- Christian meditation—its history, traditions, and root practices
- Where life's needless complexity comes from
- Faith in Christ—the foundation of Christian meditation
- Poverty of speech and the sacred silence of meditation
- The arenas of daily life, and how meditation can enrich them
- How to move beyond the tyranny of the past and change it to the truth of the present moment
- Vulnerability—its your key to attaining grace
- The present moment and the eternal now, beyond time
- Insights from the Christian symbols in William Faulkner's short story The Bear
- Awakening, suffering, and the Pearl of Great Price
- The three principles for a contemplative life, and how to practice them
- A way of seeing that sets us free from our egos
- Guidelines for correct posture, breathing, and getting started
- More than seven hours of teachings, practices, and meditations in the Christian tradition
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Listen Again Review by Brudge
Be in the body.. (Posted on September 11, 2016)
Very peaceful, relaxing Review by Jayne
This is my expderience: Very relaxed, aware of my body, receptive of God's presence.
***grateful for being alive. God will and can use me in spite of the negative beliefs that eclipse a moving forward in surrender to His plan for my life. (Posted on December 27, 2015)
Finally! Mindfulness meditation from a solidly Judeo-Christian perspective! Review by Barefootgirl69
Thank you, Sounds True, for finally making availible a good quality product by a well-respected, skilled and highly accessible Chritian meditation teacher. And in doing so, demonstrating a good faith effort to represent us well. (Posted on April 1, 2015)
Disappointing audio quality - no helpful meta-data in mp3s Review by kbqvist
The content of James Finley's presentation is excellent, but Soundstrue's delivery of this content, in mp3 form is disappointing.
Firstly, the audio is too compressed to faithfully reproduce Finley's voice - it is simply too distorted to allow pleasurable listening.
Secondly, the mp3 files do not contain any helpful meta-data, so you have no idea what each one contains when you import and browse the files in an mp3 player, such as iTunes. Also, they contain no album art.
It is a pity that Soundstrue has missed the opportunity to deliver Finley's material the way it - and the customer deserves... (Posted on April 1, 2015)
Review for Christian Meditation Review by Elizabeth H
A well put together program and beautifully produced. James Finley has a wonderful way of bringing the listener to feel and absorb the many layered depths of his discussions and teachings. One feels in "the moment" and present with Finley and his powerful dialogue. Well presented and done. (Posted on October 12, 2014)
Review for Christian Meditation Review by Sandra B
Have just begun this program, but have respect for Finley's work. (Posted on September 30, 2014)
Review for Christian Meditation Review by Brudge Hopkins
Love it! (Posted on April 26, 2013)
Review for Christian Meditation Review by Wayne Roth
I listened to most of the CD's twice and still need more time to digest the information and then practice what he is teaching. I feel like this will require some stretching on my part, so the review is ongoing. (Posted on October 19, 2011)
Review for Christian Meditation Review by Sharon Howard
love it. just what i needed. (Posted on March 31, 2011)
Review for Christian Meditation Review by Twylia Westling
Not quite what I was expecting...it's perfectly fine for you if you have no experience with meditation at all, it's a great course. However, as a seeker, I have some experience with meditation. I think I actually confused this with a different course about the wisdom of Jesus...I am really looking for more knowledge about how to bring that wisdom, humor and power of Christ into the planet. (Posted on June 1, 2010)
|Contents||Audio download (7 hours, 30 minutes)|
|Filetypes||M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP|
|Date Published||February 01, 2003|
|Contents||6 CDs (450 minutes)|
|Date Published||February 01, 2003|
|Dimensions||11 x 10 inches|