Living from the center : mindfulness meditation and centering for Friends

by Valerie Brown

Paperback, 2010

Status

Available

Call number

CP 407

Publication

Wallingford, PA : Pendle Hill Publications, c2010.

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LibraryThing member kaulsu
It is not a pamphlet I would have chosen had it not been part of my subscription. However, Brown was able to discuss both her notion of Buddhism and Quakerism without getting too muddy in the mix.

There IS no way of teaching how to worship. Having said that, Brown is helpful in pointing out that we must all find our own way. That we most all of us need to learn to refocus, bring our minds back to some type of focal point, whether it be a mantra or our breath or simply a request that God be with us. We need to learn to "let go and let God do" (7).

Brown discussed the notion of "statio": taking a moment to stand and wait prior to attempting to center into worship.
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LibraryThing member QuakerReviews
This is a very helpful pamphlet for Friends, new and old, seeking guidance on what to do in the silent meeting for worship, or in their own hours of retreat. Brown explores the Quaker spiritual practices of centering down and waiting upon the Spirit. She explores the similarities and differences between Quaker worship and mindfulness meditation, and finds that mindfulness meditation can help us develop our capacity for the stillness and attentive listening to open to the Light Within, of Quaker worship.
Brown also explains centering prayer and contemplative prayer, which sound very like classic Quaker silent worship. She includes many enlightening quotes from Quakers, Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims.
This pamphlet may require some careful reading and rereading to sort out the various strands, but it is informative and interesting. It will be helpful and encouraging to anyone seeking to deepen their experience of Quaker meeting or prayer.
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ISBN

9780875744070

Local notes

Pendle Hill Pamphlet 407

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