Anthony de Mello died 20 years ago, but the way he blended Western psychology and philosophy with ancient religious traditions from the East continues to attract new followers. Stroud, executive director of the de Mello Spirituality Center at Fordham University, winsomely expounds his approach to meditation. 224 pages, softcover. Image.
Although the title suggests clothing-optional spirituality, this small book of
quotes, stories and how-to lists is really about praying and living just as we
are before God. Stroud-director of the Anthony de Mello Spirituality Center at
Fordham University and a prot g of the late Jesuit spiritual guide-continues
Mello's dedication to spiritual practices of meditation, healthy self-esteem
and the pursuit of happiness. Stroud invites readers to slow down and savor
life through a variety of spiritual practices designed to increase awareness
of God. The book is a stew pot of interesting stories and bold proclamations,
such as, "meditation alleviates all addictions." The illustrations on themes
of happiness, suffering, emotions and change come from de Mello and Stroud's
teachings as well as from traditions as diverse as Buddhism, modern psychology
and even contemporary motivational writers and speakers like Tony Robbins,
John Bradshaw and Deepak Chopra. The advice devolves at times into banality
as Stroud shares aphorisms like "Real people in life don't get hurt. They
thrive on everything that happens to them" and "[Y]ou cannot be grateful and
fail at the same time." Still, if you're looking for a self-help book informed
by a cheery, eclectic spirituality, this is for you. (Sept. 20) Copyright
2005 Reed Business Information.
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