Anthony de Mello

Anthony "Tony" de Mello was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. A spiritual teacher, writer and public speaker, de Mello wrote several books on spirituality and hosted numerous spiritual conferences.
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Christian Exercises in Eastern Form

Truly a one-of-a-kind, how-to-do-it book, this small volume responds to a very real hunger for self-awareness and holistic living. It consists of a series of spiritual exercises for entering the contemplative state -- blending psychology, spiritual therapy, and practices from both Eastern and Western traditions.

Anthony de Mello offers here an unparalleled approach to inner peace that brings the whole person to prayer -- body and soul, heart and mind, memory and imagination. In forty-seven exercises that teach things such as awareness of physical sensations, stillness, healing of hurtful memories, and consciousness of self and world, de Mello succeeds in helping all who have ever experienced prayer as difficult, dull, or frustrating. The essential key, he notes, is to journey beyond mere thought-forms and discover satisfying new depths in prayer from the heart. This allows for a greater sense of awareness amid silence, and disposes the one who prays to untold riches, spiritual fulfillment, and ultimately, a mystical experience of God-centeredness. Drawing on Scripture, as well as insights from Eastern and Western spiritual masters, the author has a unique appeal that transcends time, culture, and religious background.

For many years a bestseller in the English language, Sadhana has now been translated into more than two dozen foreign languages. Readers the world over have eagerly received this sincere spiritual leader, who has led many toward the wealth of insight and spirit that dwells within them.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Anthony de Mello was a Jesuit priest from India. He fuses spiritual ideas from many religions in a way that makes them accessible to readers. This book is in the form of a lecture at a retreat and it deals with the notion that we walk through life in a kind of sleep that prevents us from achieving a real connection to God and to ourselves. This book contains the following lectures: On Waking Up Will I Be Of Help To You? On The Proper Kind Of Selfishness On Wanting Happiness Are We Talking About Psychology In This Spirituality Course? Neither Is Renunciation The Solution Listen And Unlearn What's On Your Mind? Good Bad Or Lucky Our Illusion About Others Self-Observation Awareness Without Evaluating Everything The Illusion Of Rewards Finding Yourself Stripping Down To The 'I' Negative Feelings Toward Others On Dependence How Happiness Happens Fear The Root Of Violence Awareness And Contact With Reality Good Religion -The Antithesis Of Unawareness Labels Obstacles To Happiness Four Steps To Wisdom All's Right With The World Sleepwalking Change As Greed A Changed Person Arriving At Silence Losing The Rat Race Permanent Worth Desire, Not Preference Clinging To Illusion Hugging Memories Getting Concrete At A Loss For Words Cultural Conditioning Filtered Reality Detachment Addictive Love More Words Hidden Agendas Giving In Assorted Landmines The Death Of Me Insight And Understanding Not Pushing It Getting Real Assorted Images Saying Nothing About Love Losing Control Listening To Life The End Of Analysis Dead Ahead The Land Of Love
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