Sometimes we just need to stop, take time out, put things into perspective and regain our sense of balance. Sometimes we just need to do nothing, and instead simply be. This has always been the case, but now it would seem to be more important than ever. That’s where meditation comes in.
Meditation is more than just a tool to help us cope better with the stress of modern life (though it will do that). Meditation is about the cultivation of awareness: taking a step back from ourselves, gaining some balance and perspective, and seeing things the way they are rather than as we think they should or shouldn’t be.
In this book, Nicholas explains how meditation can help us to live life more fully, with calmness, clarity and compassion. More than just a ‘how to’ manual, this is, above all, a book about why meditation matters.
“This is the most readable book on meditation I’ve yet read (..) packed with useful insights and advice, as well as material to encourage self reflection. It’s the only meditation book I’ve found so far that I really didn’t want to finish.” Mark (Amazon)
“This book is invaluable for anyone new to meditation as well as experienced meditators. It is a book to be read and re-read as a means to support our meditation practice.” Ruth (Amazon)
“This book is great for learning about meditation without being tied to a religious or devotional practice. It explains the ‘whys, hows and whats’ of meditation in simple terms giving the beginner a complete understanding and outlining everything one needs to know to just get on with it!” J Price (Amazon)
Dose Nation 10, 25 Feb 2013, an interview with James Kent and Jake Kettle, talking about Tantalus and the Pelican, monasticism and much else.
Dose Nation 43, 12 Feb 2014, a second interview with James Kent and Jake Kettle, talking about contemporary spirituality and various things.
Lonely Guru Podcast, 20 June 2018, discussing contemplative Christianity, Buddhism and various things with Ryan Spielman.
Wise Studies Podcast, 30 May 2020, discussing contemplative Christianity with Ryan Spielman.