Continuing on a run of book recommendations for summer reading, today's feature is Anthony de Mello's Sadhana, a Way to God: Christian Exercises in Eastern Form. If you would like to expand your repertoire of meditation practices, this is a great book to have.
I've written about Anthony de Mello before. He was a Jesuit priest, born in India, received his higher education in Great Britain, and prolific writer and teacher. Given his background, he was uniquely able to meld Christian beliefs with Indian meditative practices. This book is the result.
Like many meditation books, he starts with concentration exercises, such as focusing on the breath or body sensations, and advances to practices which he called meditations based on fantasy. By this he meant meditative practices which use the imagination to access spiritual insights, promote relaxation, heal past trauma, and bring peace. For me, these were the most interesting and useful practices.
The last section deals with meditative practices that are strictly Christian in nature. If you are Christian, you will have no issue with this section, but if you are not, you may have difficulty transferring the practices to your own spiritual viewpoint. But no matter, the rest of the book is well worth the money. A highly recommended book for those wanting to deepen their meditations.