Living with the Mind of Christ: Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality
By: Stefan Gillow Reynolds (author)Paperback
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Living with the Mind of Christ - introduced by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB - is a book based around the practice of 'Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction' (MBSR) combined with the teachings on contemplative prayer from the Christian mystic tradition. MBSR has its origins in Buddhist meditation practices and is to do with learning to 'be', letting go of self-analysis through fixing attention on one thing before developing awareness of the quality of the attention itself.The Christian mystical tradition is the part of Christianity which speaks of personal experience of God normally in the context of silence and stillness. Most Christian mystics talk of both finding and losing themselves in God.There is a lot of debate as to the compatibility of 'Mindfulness' and Christian belief. Stefan Gillow Reynolds argues that the mystical side of Christianity supports the practice of mindfulness. It aims to show how MBSR is equivalent to the essential stages on the journey of Christian self-knowledge and does not contradict advice on prayer from Christian mystics from across the centuries.By recognising the long cultural roots of contemplative practice in the west MBSR is affirmed by the mystical voices of Christianity.
Dr Stefan Gillow Reynolds is always concerned with putting mysticism into practice. He is a regular retreat giver for The World Community for Christian Meditation and gives independent seminars and talks on Christian mysticism. He has a PhD from London University in Christian Spirituality and MAs in 'History of Christianity' and 'Inter-Religious Dialogue'. Since 1997 he has been an Oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation and recently co-ordinator for Oblates in Ireland.
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