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 approach of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). A Monk on this planet tells what the adventure has intended for him — residing as a monk outdoor the monastery, integrating teachings from the world's religions together with his personal Catholic education, combining his lively non secular perform with the must haves of constructing a residing, and pursuing a process social justice in a massive American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale exhibits how others can locate their very own inner monastery and produce religious perform into their busy lives.

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The Community of Nature More fundamental than the human community, which we so often think of as the “world,” is the pervasive presence of nature — a nurturing, omnipresent, and sometimes menacing reality that sustains us in every sense and without which we cannot survive. Nature’s surrounding, enveloping presence has always been magical for me, especially as I was growing up in Connecticut. I loved its wildness, its capacity for unbounded freedom. I loved the fragrance of flowers, with their ability to awaken moods, stir distant associations long forgotten, and carry me to magical realms in my imagination.

The disposition of contemplative attention, the decision to follow this path and live by such a precious wisdom seeking, is the foundation of being a monk, or mystic, in the world. The person with a contemplative attitude, whose life is shaped by its demanding discipline, shows a wonderful sensitivity to everyone and everything. It is a sensitivity born out of an awakened capacity for union with God. Everything, every person and situation, becomes an occasion for communion with the mystery in the silence of the heart.

Rather, it presented a deeper encounter with it. The monastic life is not a rejection of the world; it is a decision to engage with this world from a different dimension, from the enlarged perspective of love, as perceived by the Gospel in its utter simplicity and clarity. In a very real sense, we are all integrally part of the world, even if we live in the relative peace of the cloister. I say “relative” because sometimes monasteries are anything but peaceful. They can be islands of turmoil, discontent, and unhappiness.

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