From an early age Evagrius (CE 346-99) was influenced by the Cappadocian Fathers St Basil, St Gregory of Nyssa and Gregory of Nazianzus. He was very attracted to the stimulating intellectual life of Constantinople. He was handsome, cultured and a brilliant orator. He left Constantinople for romantic reasons and ended up in the Egyptian Desert with the Desert Fathers and Mothers.
There he became one of the most influential of the Desert Fathers. Because of his experience in the world and his spiritual practice in the Desert he had a profound psychological understanding into the workings of the human mind. Dr C G Jung would have been proud to call him a colleague.
He was especially known -apart from his advice on prayer- for his teaching on ‘Watching the Thoughts’ and ‘Purifying the Emotions’. He is in fact the first Christian Mindfulness teacher.
During this afternoon we will meditate together and look at his helpful advice.
There will be breaks to reflect about, what you heard, and possibilities to ask questions.
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