"Augustine said that people try to fill that God-shaped hole in the brothel, in the bar, with their spouse, but nothing really satisfies, gives a deep sense of fulfillment and purpose, like a direct experience of God's presence. "—Amos Smith
Episode 58 of Spirituality for Ordinary People features an interview Amos Smith. Amos writes at his website about Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots and is the author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots and BE STILL AND LISTEN: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life.
Having 40 minutes a day for silence and centering prayer, though counter-cultural, ought not be unusual for Christians. Indeed, it is not unusual for the Eastern Church.
Mystics can sometimes be branded as either "deranged" or dangerous to the establishment.
Time away for silence is vital for a deepening relationship with God in Christ.
Spending regular and extended time with God provides the possibility for personal transformation and this has the potential to have a major impact on the lives of the people around you.
Things to Think About
Would you consider "jumping into the deep end" and doing a 10-day silent retreat?
Spiritual Practices Discussed in this Episode
Centering Prayer - See the episode with Rich Lewis for a more detailed description of Centering Prayer
Links and Resources:
- Amos Smith's Website
- Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots
- BE STILL AND LISTEN: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life
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