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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
ebook, 144 pages
Published August 31st 2011 by Image (first published 1978)
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♥ Ibrahim ♥

A Christian might see the word "sadhana" and back off and whisper, "Goodness gracious, what do I have to do with this Hindu stuff?" Well, Don't let this word intimidate you, please because the goal here is not to become a Hindu but to connect with your Lord and King and enjoy resting in Him. Don't we all hope for this magical pill that we just take in and lo and behold we are prayer warriors? Well, prayer is "getting into" God and letting Him get into us but first we have to shush. Look at them
Apr 14, 2009 Beryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those willing to step out of dogma and into faith
Recommended to Beryl by: Virginia Reiner, a dear writing friend
I love Anthony de Mello's challenges, the way he thrusts ideas in your face and tells you to take it or leave it. One can't cling to safe old beliefs in his presence. He doesn't care whether you listen or not. It's up to you to take what you want and discard the rest. As a matter of fact he tells you to junk it when you've reached that point of inner silence where God dwells. Sadhana is a step by step introduction to silence. The final section of the book contains exercises that include religiou ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Edward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A way for the Christian seeker to practice and affirm a personal spiritual meditation. A model based on an Eastern tradition, to engender a contemplative inner state and lasting simplicity. The author, Anthony de Mello, S.J. gives to his readers, a rich history to the contemplative process that adopts from the Hindu tradtion to his Christian faith. He offers the reader a place to integrate and come to synthesis an easy step by step process to journey, and widen one's depth in the spiritual pract ...more
Jul 16, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know...I am not sure I can recommend this book for Christians. I have come back to my Christian faith two years ago after leaving it in my early 20s, having grown up Catholic. Since 2006, I have meditated: first, Vipassana and then I had an experience at a retreat which led me back to Christianity, where I have practiced contemplative prayer ever since. Both vipassana and contemplative prayer are similar, but they also have important differences. In Sadhana, Anthony writes about "emptine ...more
Mar 14, 2016 Tiia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Harjoituksia, jotka etenevät asteittain kehontarkkailusta mielikuvaharjoitteisiin saakka. Päämääränä on yhteyden tunne (jumaluuteen) ja siten rukouselämän vahvistuminen.

Teos sopii eri poluilla kulkeville, vaikka kirjoittaja onkin jesuiittapappi. De Mello ammentaa paljon itämaisesta meditaatioperinteestä. Jeesus on mukana etenkin loppupään harjoituksissa, mutta ei-kristityllekin kirja on antoisa, jos vapautuu ajattelemaan Jeesusta vertauskuvallisena hyväntahtoisuutena. Harjoitus 23: symboliset mi
Feb 20, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A series of spiritual exercises that fit well into a contemplative and/or centering prayer practice. This is a book not just to read through, but to savor and to use slowly time and time again, as one draws water from an artisan well. This is a book of reference; one to acquire and use as a guide. A must have!
Dec 05, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this guided meditation book and practiced this with friends I lived with back in the late 1970s.

The practice came up later for me in 2005 when a colleague from Indonesia spoke about it and had the same version of the book I had.
Emlyn Lewis
Dec 21, 2012 Emlyn Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be the best meditation book out there. No blabbery pages, straight to the point, short easy to understand exercises with heart
Mar 13, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
de Mello masterfully links eastern meditation forms to western Christian forms of prayer, and includes many simple exercises for doing them. Blew my mind when I was 15... still great.
Aug 21, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another one I have read and experienced over and over!
Kusnady dharmawan
...difficult...only easy to read...
Mar 27, 2015 is_znobel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me during a spiritual retreat I attended in 2007. It presented me with many different ways I can get closer to God, leading me through self-awareness and contemplation with combined practices from Eastern and Western traditions. To be honest, I was overwhelmed. I tried to do the exercises as I read along, but I only had so many days there and I wanted to finish the book. Didn't contemplate enough, I would say. I had however, taken down notes as I read along and when ...more
Nov 10, 2015 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a sit down and read kinda book. This is a work your way through, back and forth, skipping and returning kind of book. It is a series of exercises that helped me get in touch with what's really important in my life. de Mello is a deeply spiritual person whose presentation is appropriate for anyone, regardless of their path.
Mark LaPorta
Aug 02, 2011 Mark LaPorta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Important esoteric practices that have useful practicla appplication in ordinary life. Takes work and preparation.
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Anthony de Mello was a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist who became widely known for his books on spirituality. An internationally acclaimed spiritual guide, writer and public speaker, de Mello hosted many spiritual conferences.

The few talks which he allowed to be filmed, such as "A Rediscovery of Life" and "A Way to God for Today," have inspired many viewers and audiences throughout the United St
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