By Wayne Teasdale
The Mystic center chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale’s trip right into a multifaceted spirituality mixing his conventional Catholic education and the japanese approach of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). A Monk on the planet tells what that trip has intended for him — dwelling as a monk outdoors the monastery, integrating teachings from the world’s religions along with his personal Catholic education, combining his energetic religious perform with the must haves of creating a residing, and pursuing a process social justice in a tremendous American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale exhibits how others can locate their very own “internal monastery” and convey religious perform into their busy lives
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Allowing for Silence The context and environment of the mystic in the city, in the heart of society, are silence and solitude. They are my constant companions, fellow travelers on the spiritual journey, and eloquently wise teachers of the hidden inner path. It would be very difficult, if not impossible, to be a contemplative — whether in the city, the monastery, or some remote hermitage — without the benefit of these two precious resources and primary 29 a Monk in the World values of mystical life.
Our minds are active by nature, but my mind is profoundly so, since my training as a theologian tends to encourage a lot of thinking. It’s an occupational requirement of a philosopher to think, I suppose, but in meditation it can become a serious obstacle. I experienced tremendous difficulty in my early years of practice. This difficulty came from my habit of thinking too 24 Intimacy with the Divine much, and not surrendering, not letting go of the mind’s control. At times it seemed hopeless, and I often felt like a failure, but I never gave up.
One can also add the incapacity or unwillingness to love. People caught in that sort of malaise require the inspiration and examples of mystics among us. The world — and all of life — offers us the opportunity for transformation by giving us occasions to transcend ourselves. The opportunity is everywhere. I realize more and more that I am needed in this work of transformation in the heart of our planet’s busyness, needed precisely as a hermit monk going about my prayer and work where most people live.