Dancing With Your Shadow


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An insightful and revealing book about meditation and accepting in joy and fearless love all the aspects of the Self and integrating them into a harmonious, cooperative whole – thus becoming part of the Dance of the Universe.


Kim Nataraja has been a contemplative since her youth and joined The World Community for Christian Meditation in 1993. In 1998 she became a Benedictine Oblate to the Community and since 1999 her service has been to help Laurence Freeman OSB guide and coordinate the School of Meditation.

She is a trained Spiritual Director and has held a variety of meditation days/weekends and retreats
in the UK, Europe, the US, Canada and Singapore. Her particular interests are those inspiring
figures from the Christian Spiritual Tradition, who guide us in the contemplative life, and the ways in which psychological insights can aid our progress. Kim is a retired College Lecturer and
former Head of Department of Modern Languages.


  • Foreword by Laurence Freeman OSB
  • Introduction
  • Prologue
  • CHAPTER ONE: Meditation – the art of arts
  • CHAPTER TWO: Stilling the body and the mind
  • CHAPTER THREE: Conditioned thoughts
  • CHAPTER FOUR: The interplay of the ego and the deeper self
  • CHAPTER FIVE: The worldview – old and new
  • CHAPTER SIX: Purifying the emotions by watching the thoughts
  • CHAPTER SEVEN: The spectrum of consciousness
  • CHAPTER EIGHT: Ultimate Reality
  • Epilogue: The Roots of Christian Meditation
  • Appendix I
  • Appendix II
  • Bibliography
  • About The World Community of Christian Meditation


"In these pages anyone…. will find a guide, a friend and a teacher to walk - and to dance - with."

LAURENCE FREEMAN (Spiritual Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation)

"'Dancing with your shadow' is written by an experienced teacher of meditation, who not only describes the practice of the "art of arts", giving due weight to stilling the mind and dealing with such problems as distractions and restlessness, but looks at it from the point of view of the whole person, body, mind and spirit. This wide-ranging and comprehensive book will be of great interest to all meditators, but especially to those following Christian meditation discovered by John Main. And the stories and quotations from various traditions with which the author illustrates her points are a joy in themselves"

SHIRLEY DU BOULAY (Author of 'The Cave of the Heart')

"I really like your book. It is deep, and easy to read. Thank you for writing it."