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Mindful Silence

The Heart of Christian Contemplation
Narrated by: Phileena Heuertz
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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Our fast-paced lives are filled with distractions, frequently leaving us disillusioned and dissatisfied - with ourselves, with others, and even with God. Spiritual practices that used to sustain us fall short when life circumstances bring us to the limits of our self. 

After many years leading an international humanitarian organization, Phileena Heuertz experienced the deconstruction of her identity, worldview, and faith. Centering prayer, a Christian expression of mindfulness, was a crucial remedy for her fragmented condition, offering a more peace-filled and purposeful life. 

The hallmarks of contemplative spirituality - solitude, silence, and stillness - have never been more important for our society: 

  • In solitude, we develop the capacity to be present. 
  • In silence, we cultivate the ability to listen. 
  • In stillness, we acquire the skill of self-control. 

Contemplative prayer helps us discern the voice of God, uncover our true self, and live a life of meaning and purpose. 

Filled with insights and wisdom from her own experience, Phileena introduces us to themes and teachers of contemplative spirituality, as well as several prayer practices, and invites us to greater healing and wholeness by learning to practice faith through prayer. This is an opportunity to go deeper with God - to experience the divine and be transformed.

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I learned so much!

As Christ-follower (broken and loved), wife, mother of 4, and Pediatric Occupational Therapist, among other roles in life, I have read, studied, and practiced much in psychology, mental health, trauma, neurology, behavior, and mindfulness. I was looking for a way to marry what I know works to rewire the brain and my faith in Christ. I found what I was looking for in this book. The contemplative prayer practices are found at the end of each chapter, and are very practical. I am still mulling over the deep, rich history and information about contemplation and spiritual growth. I am thankful for the way this book supported and challenged me as I walk this journey for myself, and have the opportunity to share it with others.

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A true gift.

With a voice so sweet, tender, wise and healing, Phileena shares her wisdom and love with us through this book. She shows us the ability to be present through the practices of Solitude, Silence and Stillness in this world of deep pain.

With her work through both Gravity Center and the words on these pages, she holds space for our brokenness, uncertainty, pain, anger, and all of life’s heaviness. Phileena teaches us how to embrace our true selves. She teaches us how to truly see ourselves for what we are and to take our pain and transform it into healing ourselves and the world.

Give yourself a gift: read this book, learn these practices, not only because you need to, but because the world needs you to.

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Beautiful!

Thank you Phileena for this beautiful book! Through your journey you were able to put into words the experience of transformation through Centering Prayer! Your journey is inspirational and offers me great hope to begin my own journey! I can’t wait to listen to again and again...such wisdom on every page! I have purchased books to share w/ so many friends in need to hear your message!

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  • Nikki
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  • 01-23-19

Deepening the Journey

A beautiful & practical guide for those exploring contemplative practices for everyday life & for those looking to deepen their relationship with Christ. Phileena does a great job intertwining the story of her journey with timeless prayer practices making the contemplative very relatable & easy to grasp. Had to buy the hard copy as well. 😉 Thank you!