Wisdom from the Monastery

A Program of Spiritual Healing

By Peter Seewald (Editor); Lucia Glahn (Contribution by); Simone Kosog (Contribution by)
(North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781556439230, 381pp.)

Publication Date: October 26, 2010

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For almost two millennia, Christian men and women have banded together to live in devotion to God and humanity. Recent studies have shown that, on average, men and women in Holy Orders are healthier and live longer than the rest of us. What timeless solutions to the things that ail us might we have dismissed in our rush into the modern age?

Written by three very modern seekers who visited monastic communities to explore facets of the contemplative life, Wisdom from the Monastery reveals what these lay practitioners found so rewarding and deeply relevant to their lives today. Originally published in Germany as three separate volumes, the U.S. edition combines these major aspects of monastic practice: fasting, healing, and meditation. The book’s warm, engaging tone presents millennia-tested practices of contemplative Christianity free from Church dogma. One need not be Catholic, nor even Christian, to benefit from fasting, herbal and other natural remedies, and profound approaches to prayer, meditation, and silence. Readers learn what characterizes the best monastic communities and discover a sense of the retreat experience as spiritual adventure. Featuring over 100 photographs, daily exercises, personal anecdotes, and fascinating snippets on monastic experience through the ages, Wisdom from the Monastery introduces readers to a cast of remarkable monks and nuns who have chosen lives of renunciation and simplicity. Within these pages, monastic wisdom demonstrates its relevance across millennia and beyond monastery walls.

About the Author
Peter Seewald, B.A., M.A., M.Sc., wurde 1966 in St. Polten geboren. Der Autor absolvierte im Jahre 2009 ein Studium im Bereich e-government an der Donau-Universitat Krems. Im Jahre 2014 schloss er erfolgreich ein Bachelor- und ein Masterstudium im Bereich Public Management an der Fachhochschule Campus Wien mit dem akademischen Grad Master of Arts in Business ab. Wahrend seiner Studien arbeitete er als Arbeitsinspektor und beschaftigte sich daher mit Themen wie z.B. dem Arbeitnehmerschutz in romisch-katholischen Pfarramtern, dem Webportal der osterr. Arbeitsinspektion oder der Wahrnehmung von Funktionen des Arbeitsinspektors. Zu diesen Themen erfolgten Publikationen. Die Thematik der Ethik, vor allem die etwaig ethischen Handlungen im Bereich der Arbeitsinspektion, interessierten den Autor bereits in den vergangenen Jahren und motivierten ihn, sich der Thematik dieses Buches zu widmen.

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