In my writing I explore rest not just in the conventional sense, which has value in and of itself. Rather, I explore rest in the most profound sense—what early Christian mystics referred to as “resting in God.” Through training we can attain complete respite from all thoughts and enter into a deep calm—a “peace beyond understanding” (Philippians 4:7). Advanced stages of relaxation in silent prayer are far deeper and more therapeutic than sleep.
Silent prayer is the best way to experience profound healing rest, which eventually releases deep tensions stored in the body’s nervous system and muscles. Benedictine author and writer Thomas Keating calls this release “divine therapy.” Keating has often commented that modern forms of therapy such as pscyhoanalysis can never heal the nervous system. That is why divine therapy is so profound. It has the potential to bring deep holisitc healing to the entire nervous system revitalizing mind and body. This healing rest is always available and calling us home.
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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.
How do we know that Jesus was actually raised from the dead in bodily form? This course with Prof. N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God, examines the extraordinary claim that Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead in a bodily fashion to appear in person to people after his cruel death, crucifixion, and entombment.
Check out Simply Good News by New Testament scholar and author N. T. Wright. It is based upon his book Simply Good News. You will instantly get into the heart of the idea of ‘good news’ as it was understood by the 1st Century writers of the New Testament. It works well for group studies.