Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings

Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings

  • ISBN-13: 9780835899697
  • $11.56

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It's hard to hear oneself think in today's culture much less refresh one's soul. Sights and sounds - from ads placed on the back of toilet doors to loud ringtones or cars pulsing with bass - assault us every day. Peace and quiet seem out of place in 21st century everyday life. It's time to mute the cacophony. Meaningful and serene contemplative silence is possible. And it doesn't require an expensive trip to a spa. "We yearn for rest, and our souls hunger to be fed, yet we seldom give ourselves permission to respond to these yearnings," the authors write. "The quiet spaces described in these pages are places intentionally designed to invite sabbath rest and to encourage reflection on, and quiet awareness of, the Spirit of God." Jane Young and Gerrie Grimsley met when they agreed to help create meditative spaces for a summer retreat center event. Their innovative and yet practical efforts were so well received that they now teach others how to arrange settings and objects (such as a photograph, a leaf, a pencil) to encourage spiritual reflection and, most importantly, achieve stillness. Learn from their experience and inspiration to create your own simple prayerful oasis in your church or home that encourages new ways of communing with God. Their guidance offers a gentle hand to the path of awareness of the everyday sacred. Receive the refreshment of God's hospitality through your own experiential prayers and quiet spaces. Be still, and know that I am God.

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