This continues the style of his previous book, The Song of the bird. There are plenty of stories, poems and reflections for group and individual lectio divina and for journalling. There is a good section where you imagine this is your last day before you die and you written an examen of your whole life. It is broken down into 16 sections e. I found this exercise very helpful.
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This continues the style of his previous book, The Song of the bird. There are plenty of stories, poems and reflections for group and individual lectio divina and for journalling.
There is a good section where you imagine this is your last day before you die and you written an examen of your whole life. It is broken down into 16 sections e. I found this exercise very helpful. I sit down in a corner to meditate on life. Today I choose to see life in its brokenness and uselessness and waste. I imagine flowers growing by a roadside and I see the seeds that never made it to the surface of the ground, the tender shoots that sprouted only to be trampled on by people, devoured by cattle, scorched by the heat of the sun.
At every stage of growth thousands must perish for one flower that will bloom. I see trillions of wasted eggs and foetuses destroyed and babies born to perish for every human that survives. I see the wasted struggles of millions who aspire to be actors, writers, political leaders, saints, and end in failure. I have myself arrived at where I am today through countless wasted hours of boredom, useless conversations, pastimes, incapacitating sickness, or sufferings I was fool enough to bring upon myself.
Through energy I squandered on unproductive planning, stillborn projects, fruitless undertakings. I contemplate the myriad opportunities I threw away, the talents I neglected, the challenges I dared not face, the promises that never were and, worse still, never will be kept.
I contemplate this not with sadness, not with guilt, but with patient understanding, for I wish to love life as much in its failure as in its success. And I recall the parable the Lord gave us as a symbol of the Kingdom: The sower goes out to sow his seed; some of it falls on rocky soil, some among thorns and thistles, some on the road where it is trampled on or eaten by the birds, and some of it bears a hundredfold or maybe less, just thirtyfold or sixty.
And I love the whole of that field. I love the rock and the fertile soil, the pathway and the thorns and thistles, for all of it is part of life. I love the seed that is sensationally fruitful and the seed that has just average success. Today I especially love the seed that is sown only to perish so that before it goes into oblivion it will be blessed and redeemed by my love. Finally I look at the Saviour on the cross, symbolizing in his broken body and his unsuccessful mission the drama of life in general and my life in particular.
I love him too, and as I press him to my heart I understand that somewhere, somehow, all of it has a meaning, all of it is redeemed and made beautiful and resurrected. Since he has an inter-faith perspective, he should have known better. Why is the church so afraid of spirituality that it has to defecate on it? But tell me: What will happen after I am forty-five? Blog at WordPress. Follow: RSS Twitter.
Look Inside. One of the most important inspirational writers of our time, and an internationally acclaimed spiritual guide, Anthony de Mello here presents a way toward peace of mind, inner power, and joy through simple spiritual exercises that blend the ancient traditions of the East with the psychological and philosophical perspectives of the West. Wellsprings is intended to guide us to a deeper appreciation of the physical and mystical realms within us. In these pages, numerous aspects of self-awareness are explored that for many people are often left uncultivated in the rapid pace of modern life. In the tradition of the great spiritual leaders of the past, de Mello directs the whole person toward a state of harmony and grace — in heart and mind, body and soul. Wellsprings is indeed a book for everyone who thirsts for inner growth — regardless of age, religion, or cultural background.
Wellsprings : A Book of Spiritual Exercises
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Wellspring: A Book of Spiritual Exercises – Anthony de Mello