Aspects of the Spiritual Life

David Wood
2008 Series C

David Wood is a retired Anglican priest. Most of his life, he lived and worked amongst declining industrial communities in Northern England organising and leading prayer workshops, retreats, and vigils of prayer, always exploring silence and solitude. When he met John Main's teaching in 1988, after searching wilderness years, he knew he was 'home'.With his wife Sheila he then started and developed the Christian Meditation Community in Cumbria. "These introductions to meditations," he writes, "are like aspects of the spiritual life and mystery I want to reveal more for myself, knowing that it is the same for many people I meet. We need to bring all things into our silence and let the silence work."

Truth, we discover, is to be found in the contradictions – to say I have to become poor in order to become rich; to succeed I have to learn to fail; to win I have to suffer defeat; to overcome I need to yield, and so on. This is putting things the right way up. I have to die in order to live. I have to let go of so much which the upside-down world of competing and conflicting egos encourages me to hold on to unnecessarily. This is the threshold line of Life we have to cross constantly – everything is contradiction, paradox. And until we face the opposites in our own situations, we are missing out on what it is to be truly alive.

2.    Waiting    5:59    min

 

3.    New Beginnings    8:00

 

4.    Telling It As It Is    4:45

5.    Forgetfulness    6:27

6.    Right-way-up World    5:49

7.    Indifference    7:28

 

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