A friend of mine happened to mention Cynthia Bourgeault to me a few weeks ago during a visit over lunch.My friend was about to join a group study of Cynthia’s work at her meetinghouse, and she suggested that this might be an author that I would enjoy also. My schedule didn’t make it feasible for me to join the study group, but I did do a little more research on Cynthia’s work online after our lunch. I checked the local library and randomly picked up one of her books that happened to be available.
The book I chose was The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind — A New Perspective on Christ and His Message. I picked it up last night to scan through it and wound up reading the first half of the book until it got so late that eyes were burning and watering from exhaustion. I was up again very early this morning to finish it. This book completely blew me away. Needless to say, I’ve already ordered my own copy (along with a couple other of her books) and can’t wait to read it through again at a slower pace.
It’s once again time for Synchronicity Friday where I review the moments of synchronicity that I encountered during the last week. As usual, this week was full of quote and posts showing up just when I needed them to either validate something I’d just written about or add a new depth to something I’ve been working on.
I read Susan Piver’s How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life: Opening Your Heart to Confidence, Intimacy, and Joy over the weekend, and I highly recommend it for anyone who struggles with fear and for anyone who has any interest in meditation.
In the book, Susan talks about the fact that there are really only three things that we fear: ourselves, others, and life itself. She goes on to address each of these in turn to guide us through ways to work through these fears using meditation and Maitri (a practice of loving-kindness). She ends the book with careful instructions for a seven-day meditation program that involves a 36 hours retreat followed by the incorporation of the meditation practice back into one’s everyday life.