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by James R. Fowler

The Present Moment: Meditations on the Practice of Contemplation download ebook
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0976000601
ISBN13:
978-0976000600
Author:
James R. Fowler
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Edwin House Publishing Inc. (September 2004)
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135 pages
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And James Fowler's book whose title is THE PRESENT MOMENT is a great aid to getting there.

And James Fowler's book whose title is THE PRESENT MOMENT is a great aid to getting there. He distinguishes between "active contemplation" which is the active effort to bring the mind to observe the outer physical world and the inner reality of thoughts and emotions. And "infused contemplation" or what is called "insight", or revelation or inmediate understanding, which cannot be practiced and is a "gift of life".

James Fowler is very knowledgeable and one feel there is 'Life" and "Spirit" behind the words. - Karmelite Abbot Wilfrid Stinissen, Stockhold Sweden. Your days are indeed the spiritual life, miles away from our 'ordinary' life.

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The ‘present-moment reality’ developed. through mindfulness is widely acknowledged in educational psychology as not just ‘more

The ‘present-moment reality’ developed. through mindfulness is widely acknowledged in educational psychology as not just ‘more. effective, but also more enjoyable’ (Langer, 2003, . 3) in many spheres of learning, and.

A regular contemplative or mindfulness practice will eventually help us. .Text on image: The present moment is the greatest of teachers. Staff is very welcoming and helpful

A regular contemplative or mindfulness practice will eventually help us recognize the cues our body sends when we are feeling angry, anxious, or even bored and with that awareness comes a greater freedom to respond, instead of simply react. Can you recall an example from this past week when you were given this kind of freedom to choose? Text on image: The present moment is the greatest of teachers. Staff is very welcoming and helpful. A gift shop provides many books, cards, and trinkets to both use on your journey and to remember your special time at this place.

The entire focus of this book is quite narrow; it concentrates on John's teaching about the beginning of contemplation.

As we grow in our prayer life, John of the Cross is an excellent and encouraging guide to show us the way to the practice of contemplative prayer. More InformationMany of us learned about mediation from spiritual directors or books. We practiced a reliable from of mediation for some years with varying degrees of success. Over time, however, our prayer slowed down and became simplified. The entire focus of this book is quite narrow; it concentrates on John's teaching about the beginning of contemplation.

THE PRESENT MOMENT is a revealing and informative small book on the difference between meditation and contemplation showing that the definitions of the two are mixed up, wrongly translated two hundred years ago. Of interest to Christians, Buddhists, and others who meditate and contemplate. This is a full and definitive and "how to" narrative on what happens in meditation and contemplation with diagrams and literary narrative.
Reviews:
  • Kefym
At a time when the shadow side of religion--intolerant fundamentalism--seems to be rising all over the world, this lucid book is a beautifully expressed response to the unease many of us may be feeling. James Fowler outlines clearly the ways in which the act of contemplation can bring us to a place that is free of the dualism which ruins so much of our lives and brings about so much suffering. But it is not just as a desperate measure to counteract the horrors of the world that contemplation is a necessity. Fowler points out that it is far more than that. The desire and the need to transcend the divsions within oneself--which seem also to reflect the divisions in the world--this desire is incomplete without a longing for something else, for that which lies beyond the power of words to convey.

"Those seeking the Truth must sooner or later reach a point of no return. Faced with the upper inadequacy of words, they burn their boats behind them and perforce continue in their endeavours to empty the mind of attachment to the self, not in the hope of reqard but rather with the clear recognition that no other human endeavour is worthwhile." (page 30).

This acknowledgement of the 'human endeavour', which is ignored by so much of the world, is the firm basis of this book. Fowler takes us through many of the ways in which people have traditionally looked for answers to the ultimate mystery of who we are and what this world is. But both contemplation and meditation are ways to bring us back to where we should be, this exact Now. This is where the wonder is, if we will allow outselves to stay with it and become open to receive it. And James Fowler's book whose title is THE PRESENT MOMENT is a great aid to getting there.

Anne Bancroft BUDDHISM NOW, May 2006 Issue Vol XVIII No. 2
  • Burgas
This book contains a valuable distillate of what is true meditation. The author prefers to call contemplation instead of meditation. He distinguishes between "active contemplation" which is the active effort to bring the mind to observe the outer physical world and the inner reality of thoughts and emotions. And "infused contemplation" or what is called "insight", or revelation or inmediate understanding, which cannot be practiced and is a "gift of life".

I recently had the chance to read the second edition of this book, (which by the way amazon does not seem to have yet), and it is a big improvement, as there are some mistakes removed and some material added to it. I highly recommned this second edition!!
  • Defolosk
What is meditation? This book explores this question with a relentless search by the author to make simple a most complex issue. First there is a historical review of the meaning of the term meditation. Then an approach to it, not from a theoretical viewpoint, but from the perspective of a person who has made meditation a central part of his life.

This is not a book about HOW to meditate, but about what role plays meditation in our daily life.

Excellent. A flower does not need to be exotic to be beautiful...