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A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation

A Sunlit Absence Silence Awareness and Contemplation The practice of contemplation is one of the great spiritual arts writes Martin Laird in A Sunlit Absence Not a technique but a skill it harnesses the winds of grace that lead us out into the liberat

The practice of contemplation is one of the great spiritual arts, writes Martin Laird in A Sunlit Absence Not a technique but a skill, it harnesses the winds of grace that lead us out into the liberating sea of silence In this companion volume to his bestselling Into the Silent Land, Laird focuses on a quality often overlooked by books on Christian meditation a vast The practice of contemplation is one of the great spiritual arts, writes Martin Laird in A Sunlit Absence Not a technique but a skill, it harnesses the winds of grace that lead us out into the liberating sea of silence In this companion volume to his bestselling Into the Silent Land, Laird focuses on a quality often overlooked by books on Christian meditation a vast and flowing spaciousness that embraces both silence and sound, and transcends all subject object dualisms Drawing on the wisdom of great contemplatives from St Augustine and St Teresa of Avila to St Hesychios, Simone Weil, and many others, Laird shows how we can uncover the deeper levels of awareness that rest within us like buried treasure waiting to be found The key insight of the book is that as our practice matures, so will our experience of life s ordeals, sorrows, and joys expand into generous, receptive maturity We learn to see whatever difficulties we experience in meditation boredom, lethargy, arrogance, depression, grief, anxiety not as obstacles to be overcome but as opportunities to practice surrender to what is With clarity and grace Laird shows how we can move away from identifying with our turbulent, ever changing thoughts and emotions to the cultivation of a sunlit absence the luminous awareness in which God s presence can most profoundly be felt Addressed to both beginners and intermediates on the pathless path of still prayer, A

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  1. Martin Laird says:
    Martin Laird, an Augustinian priest at Villanova University, teaches the ancient Christian practice of contemplation.

Comment 598 on “A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation

  1. Amy says:
    I am thoroughly impressed with this little book I have read a lot of meditation books over the past 10 years First, as a practicing Buddhist for 7 years, and now as a Christian for 2 years And this little gem has been by far one of the best books on awareness and contemplation What I absolutely love about it are all the quotes and references from seasoned Saints, from many years past Mainly St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, author of Cloud of Unknowing, Evagrius, and St Hesychios So prof [...]

  2. Scott says:
    This book and author have been essential to my journey into contemplation I have loved the practical advice and the deep understanding of spiritual practice that have taken me deeper into my spiritual journey It is a must read for this desiring to develop the deeper spiritual life on a daily basis.Also, this book is rooted in Christian practice which made it even enjoyable knowing it is rooted in my own faith tradition.Key thoughts from book Our culture for the most part trains us to keep our a [...]

  3. Rod White says:
    I like Martin Laird s In to the Silent Land, too This is a companion book It is full of teaching born of experience and of teaching others As is true throughout history, people using contemplative practice teach it as the only way to go So sometimes it can sound a little elitist But that is a small matter Pentecostals can find their way here, and others I appreciate that he pointedly stayed on the Christian side of contemplation, since it is popular these days to to stay on the level of what CS [...]

  4. Sheila Pritchard says:
    This is an excellent sequel to Into the Silent Land For committed contemplatives this book takes you ever deeper into the subtleties of that silent inner space that is vast Start with into the Silent Land before delving into The Sunlit Absence Laird writes in a way that lets me know he is grounded in the everyday ness of teaching students who sometimes look at their phones or eat instead of paying attention That s encouraging

  5. Mike says:
    Unlike its preceding companion book, _Into the Silent Land_, which clicked for me immediately, Martin Laird s _A Sunlit Absence_ has taken three readings over time to start making sense to me I have contemplative practice shaping me now than the first time I read it, and I think this further experience is letting this book s deeper understandings of contemplative prayer resonate at last.

  6. Peter Robinson says:
    Probably the best book written on the subject of contemplative prayer Martin Laird manages to put into words a description of the mysterious but rich experience of this form of prayer It s a book to read and read again

  7. Colleen says:
    Really tremendous book that explains the Christian traditions surrounding meditation contemplation and the astounding benefits that come from a daily practice It s the second book in a series Read em both And then do it and be amazed.

  8. Yvonne Aburrow says:
    Good clear explanation of how to do contemplative prayer Couched in Christian language, but if you can translate in your head to your own magical spiritual religious paradigm, then it is well worth a read.

  9. Cathy says:
    wonderful book for anyone who has a silent prayer practice or if someone is exploring having one I read his books out of order so i am going back to Into The Silent Land Martin Laird is speaking in Denver on March 10th

  10. Catherine Casey says:
    This was a very special book especially as I was reading it to prepare for a 8 day Contemplative Retreat.

  11. Jo says:
    Helpful in a sound kind of way, with useful cameos of people to illustrate the issues he discusses Lots of good quotes from and references to the Philokalia, so I d better keep persevering with it

  12. Mike Mullard says:
    Good but not great Into the Silent Land, Laird s first book, was superb.

  13. Judie Parks says:
    This book is our guide for the fall meditation class It is beautifully written and very helpful in this never ending process of Mindfullness and spiritual contemplation.

  14. Margaretflynn says:
    This was a re read I think I will acquire my own copy.

  15. Daniel says:
    Companion volume to Laird s Into the Silent Land.

  16. Denis Jackson says:
    After reading the great book Into Silent Land, by Martin laird and listening to him on a retreat, I got this second book as a surprise Xtmas present What a superb author and read

  17. Laura says:
    another excellent book on contemplation very modern and to the point in its approach to challenges along the way.

  18. Doug says:
    I thoroughly appreciated his first book, Into The Silent Land and am looking forward to mining the treasures in this one.

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