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 manner of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). A Monk on the earth tells what that trip has intended for him — residing as a monk open air the monastery, integrating teachings from the world’s religions together with his personal Catholic education, combining his energetic non secular perform with the must haves of constructing a residing, and pursuing a process social justice in an enormous American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale indicates how others can locate their very own “internal monastery” and produce non secular perform into their busy lives
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Then the just will answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; thirsty, and give you drink? And when did we see you as a stranger, and welcome you in, or naked, and clothed you? Or when did we see you sick or in prison, and come to you? And the king, answering them, shall say: as often as you did it to the least of my brethren, you did it to me. 6 These words from the Gospel of Matthew form the hub of my life as a contemplative monk in the world. The world is the rim, while all that I do in relation to my spiritual life and the various activities I pursue, the experiences I share with all those who also live in this same world, constitute the spokes of the wheel of well-being.
Others call it walking meditation or walking contemplation. It is much more vigorous than a Buddhist walking meditation but has a similar purpose. However we name it, what it offers is the same: a communion with nature and the Divine while walking. It has assumed great importance in my life, and I cannot conceive of my life without it. It has become an endless source of insight, inspiration, and of course necessary physical exercise. Nature, and the Divine immanent in all things, conveys so much wisdom.
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. Allow these pages to become a rich soil for cultivating your own kind of engaged spirituality.
A monk in the world : cultivating a spiritual life by Wayne Teasdale