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 religious perform with the prerequisites of creating a dwelling, and pursuing a process social justice in an important American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale indicates how others can locate their very own inner monastery and convey religious perform into their busy lives.
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At the same time, it is possible to live a secular life of integrity and quality, depth and creativity. Although I have certainly been caught up in this inner frenzy and outer activity, I feel lucky to have discovered fairly early, around age nineteen or twenty, the contemplative dimension of life and experience. This dimension is first known as a way of relating to all things: the cosmos, the natural world, society, others, God, and oneself in the Divine. We relate on a deeper level of attention.
The tribe was community. When we moved out of tribes and into extended families, and then into nuclear families, we gained greater freedom and mobility, but something was lost: a fundamental sense of security based on the experience of belonging. We must seek to rediscover and recover community in our lives. Community gives us psychological balance, promotes healthy human development, creates stability in the midst of change, and acts as an anchor that gives us focus and calm — a timeless, restful, and deeply human order.
As our world becomes smaller, through a growing common culture, the true test of community will be our tolerance for our most profound differences and love for the most challenging among us. The World as Testing Ground As a monk living in the city, I am always aware that the world can be a dangerous place. We must develop a precise perspective about the nature of the dangers the world presents. We are all faced with all kinds of temptation. It was in remote regions of the deserts of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt that the desert fathers and mothers were put to the test, that they did battle with the demons.
A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life by Wayne Teasdale