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The Resource An ocean of light : contemplation, transformation, and liberation, Martin Laird, O.S.A

An ocean of light : contemplation, transformation, and liberation, Martin Laird, O.S.A

Label
An ocean of light : contemplation, transformation, and liberation
Title
An ocean of light
Title remainder
contemplation, transformation, and liberation
Statement of responsibility
Martin Laird, O.S.A
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
For people drawn to a life of contemplation, the dawning of luminous awareness in a mind full of clutter is deeply liberating. In the third of his best-selling books on Christian contemplative life, Martin Laird turns his attention to those who are well settled in their contemplative practice. An Ocean of Light speaks both to those just entering the contemplative path and to those with a maturing practice of contemplation. Gradually, the practice of contemplation lifts the soul, freeing it from the blockages that introduce confusion into our identity and thus confusion about the mystery we call God. In the course of a lifetime of inner silencing, the flower of awareness emerges: a living realization that we have never been separate from God or from the rest of humanity while we each fully become what each of us is created to be. In contemplation we become so silent before God that the "before" drops away. Those whose lives have led them deeply into the silent land realize this, but not in the way that we realize that the square root of 144 is 12. Laird draws from a wide and diverse range of writers--from St. Augustine, Evagrius Ponticus, and St. Teresa of Avila to David Foster Wallace, Flannery O'Connor, Virginia Woolf, and Franz Wright--to ground his insight in an ancient practice and give it a voice in contemporary language. With his characteristic lyricism and gentleness, Laird guides readers through new challenges of contemplative life, such as making ourselves the focus of our own contemplative project; dealing with old pain; transforming the isolation of loneliness and depression into a liberating solidarity with all who suffer; and the danger of using a spiritual practice as a strategy to acquire and control
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Laird, M. S.
Dewey number
248.3/4
Index
no index present
LC call number
BV5091.C7
LC item number
L355 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Contemplation
  • Liberty
  • Meditation
  • Meditation
  • Liberty
  • Contemplation
Label
An ocean of light : contemplation, transformation, and liberation, Martin Laird, O.S.A
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-232)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Thoughts with a thousand arms: contemplation and the human condition -- Silence shining like the Sun -- Distant echoes of home: reactive mind -- A brilliance dimly lit: receptive mind -- An ocean of light: luminous mind -- Our uninvited guests: depression and its friends
Control code
1028846053
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xxiii, 232 pages
Isbn
9780199379941
Lccn
2018016578
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1028846053
Label
An ocean of light : contemplation, transformation, and liberation, Martin Laird, O.S.A
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-232)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Thoughts with a thousand arms: contemplation and the human condition -- Silence shining like the Sun -- Distant echoes of home: reactive mind -- A brilliance dimly lit: receptive mind -- An ocean of light: luminous mind -- Our uninvited guests: depression and its friends
Control code
1028846053
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xxiii, 232 pages
Isbn
9780199379941
Lccn
2018016578
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1028846053

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