The Jesus Paradox is about seeing past narrow and limiting positions, to the shared interests behind those positions. It is about looking beyond either/or binaries of the left brain, to the holistic vision of the right brain. Western civilization is hell bent on the dualistic left brain, which is careening over a precipice. It is the right brained holistic thinking of the Alexandrian Mystics, which can heal the divide.
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It’s always easier to stay in the comfortable scripting of a left brain biased society, which frames reality in terms of winners and losers, perpetrators and victims, guilty and innocent. It is easier to take sides, burn bridges and polarize issues. Likewise, it is easier to point an accusatory finger than to turn the searchlight inward. It is easier to fault find and blame than to humbly confess one’s own part in the problem.
The road less traveled is mutual confession, expressions of regret, introspection, dialogue that models active listening, and bridge building. The road less traveled is idealism with teeth, love coupled with strength.
David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer reenergized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings. Centering Prayer Meditations: Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God is a wonderful companion audio program created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide – gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners, and then guides us experientially through core prayers and meditations.