The poems and reflections in The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed are the work of three writers who inhabit very different worlds. But for each, the reading and writing of haiku is an essential spiritual practice.
Bother Paul Quenon is a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemane who studied under the great spiritual writer, Thomas Merton. Brother Paul writes from the confines of a cloister and with the boundlessness of one who has spent a lifetime contemplating what really matters. He is the author of four books of poetry and a talented photographer. His images accompany many of the poems and reflections in this book.
Michael Bever is a retired educator, a doctor of theology and an ordained Disciples of Christ minister who was drawn later in life to Catholic traditions. He combines Zen and Sufi practices with his Christian heritage.
Judy Valente is a broadcast journalist who covers religion news for PBS-TV and the author of two poetry collections and a book on contemporary monastic life. As a retreat leader, she helps busy professionals slow down, find more balance, and tap into the transcendence of the everyday.
The Art of Pausing is built upon haiku by one of the three authors, all Christians, inspired by the ninety-nine names of God found in the Koran. Each haiku is accompanied by a reflections by the same author or an abstract photo of nature by Brother Paul. This book is for anyone who loves beauty, has a penchant for reflection, yet feels overworked and overwhelmed.
Brother Paul Quenon
A quiet moment to rest in the day offers a healthy way to recharge and renew. The haikus and reflections in this book are perfect little springboards to do this. Take a moment to read and meditate upon a few of these nuggets of peace to heal the body, mind, and soul.
- Mary K. Doyle, Doyle's Delights
For the contemporary person seeking to slow down amid the tyranny of Twitter, the stress of a slow commute, and the seemingly endless demands of work and family, haiku moments provide pauses written on our days. Those who honor these moments share something in common with the African tribesmen who stop periodically while traveling on safari. The tribesmen pause to allow their souls to catch up with them on the journey. It is both a time of rest and a time of awakening. Sooner or later, we all need to let our souls catch up with the rest of our lives.
- From the Introduction
GOD, THE LAST
Gray mist between trees:
Portal we pass through en route
To new adventures