A monk in the world : cultivating a spiritual life by Wayne Teasdale

By Wayne Teasdale

The Mystic middle chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale’s trip right into a multifaceted spirituality mixing his conventional Catholic education and the jap means of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). A Monk on the earth tells what that trip has intended for him — dwelling as a monk outdoors the monastery, integrating teachings from the world’s religions along with his personal Catholic education, combining his lively religious perform with the prerequisites of creating a dwelling, and pursuing a process social justice in an immense American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale exhibits how others can locate their very own “internal monastery” and convey religious perform into their busy lives

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Chapter 8 examines the mystery of suffering and illness and their function in our spiritual growth. Chapter 9 reflects on the phenomenon of interspirituality, of bringing together faith communities worldwide, and chapter 10 examines the true nature of awareness and its importance in the life of a mystic in the world. Finally, I hope the epilogue will bring these elements together to inspire our collective intention. In using this book in your own spiritual life, I suggest you read it slowly and meditatively, allowing it to speak to the monk or mystic within you.

This experience was common during my childhood and acted as a frame of reference in those idyllic years. Nature has always been a friend, a mysterious presence, a constant source of inspiration, insight, and joy. As a child I never regarded it as an inert material substance, but a living, vibrant reality imposing itself on my life. It captured my imagination. I first became aware of the Divine as the magical in nature, and later as the Presence in everything. The natural world emanates or expresses the mystery of the One beyond all the multiplicity of forms we perceive.

The economic pressures of modern life have caused most religious orders to lose sight of the true meaning of simplicity. With the exception of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and the Little Brothers of Jesus, few orders are able to maintain this ideal. Living as a hermit monk in the world, as a contemplative mystic working for a living, like most people, living simply and consciously, I can do the most good for others. Furthermore, I choose to be a monk living in the midst of the real world, among my brothers and sisters, because I am first of all a contemplative mystic.

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