Finley is a former Trappist monk, and was a novice under Merton. After leaving Gethsemani, he became a husband, father, psychotherapist and writer. Drawing from both Christian and Buddhist teachings, Finley lays a foundation for contemplative awareness that is faithful to one's own truth and inner-being.
When I saw that Finley had a new book (published in 2000, that’s how far behind I am), “The Contemplative Heart”, I ordered it. It came today and I’m just not sure about it. At first glance, it seems a bit “clinical”, practical even! :-)
I may have more to say about this book as I read it. For now I’ll start with the quote that convinced me to buy the book:
“Learning to live a more contemplative way of life in the midst of today’s world – what could be more simple or more difficult?” (p. 29)That’s my question too.