A good coach makes all the difference.
Practice makes perfect. I used to believe that, but many years ago when I took up golf, I discovered, as one of my friends told me, "Practice makes permanent." I spent untold numbers of hours trying to perfect my swing and achieve long, straight drives from the tee. To no avail. To my great embarrassment the ball would dribble off the tee or, if I did make good contact, it would sail far to the right or to the left. Rarely would it go far and straight. It was not too long before I gave up on golf and stayed with the sports I learned to play on my own.
Growing in Love and Wisdom draws from a particular form of Buddhist meditation – Tibetan analytical meditations – to present fifteen meditations for Christians. These meditations are based on the experience of the author, who spent 20 years as a Buddhist before returning to her Christian roots. Many of the meditations are aimed at the development of love and compassion or forgiveness, or have the goal of helping us to rid ourselves of disordered attachments to things of this world – goals that are as valuable for Christians as they are for Buddhists. Each meditation contains a helpful commentary that explains the goal of the meditation and addresses common hindrances todoing that meditation. Both the similarity of approach between Tibetan analytical meditations and some forms of Christian meditation, and the aims of the particular meditations adapted, make them particularly suitable for Christian prayer. The basis of that conviction is explored in the early chapters of the book.
Susan J. Stabile
You can order my new book, "Growing in Love and Wisdom," at: http://www.amazon.com/Growing-Love-Wisdom-Christian-Meditation/dp/0199862621