Being Still

Jean-Yves Leloup “Being Still. Reflections on an Ancient Mystical Tradition” [Paulist Press, NY, 2003]
Being Still
“ For more than fifteen hundred years Christianity has cultivated a rich and varied teaching on the practice of stillness and inner calm. Here we can find answers to the contemporary psychological struggle for inner peace.
In a fresh and engaging reading of this ancient contemplative spirituality, Jean-Yves Leloup explores the writings of many spiritual masters from across the centuries. In particular he focuses on the Desert Fathers, the fourth-century monk Evagrius, St. John Cassian, and the anonymous 19th-century author of The Way of the Pilgrim. Drawn from the experience of the monasteries of Sinai and Mount Athos, here is a clear and practical presentation of the spiritual art of arts: stillness in the face of interior pain and confusion.”
Hesychasm
Contents:
Introduction
1 The Way of Hesychastic Prayer According to Father Seraphim
2 Arsenius, or the Beginning of Hesychasm
3 The Purification of Thoughts according to Evagrius Ponticus
4 A Hesychast in the West: St. John Cassian
5 Apophasis and Fatherhood in Early Christianity and in Hesychasm
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Jean-Yves Leloup, an Orthodox theologian, is well known in Europe, North and South America as a popular author on spirituality and psychology. He is the founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists. He has written more than fifty books and has also translated and commented the gospels of Thomas, Miriam of Magdala, Philip and John.

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