The Christian Meditation Group is in recess during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) has live and recorded meditation sessions.
Experienced meditators, inexperienced meditators, and those who have never meditated are all invited to join – instruction will be given. The technique is simple. Even if you have never meditated before, you will be able to join in this prayerful silence where we sit in the presence of the loving Spirit of God.
You don't have to sign up for every session, just come along and see what you think. You might just find, as hundreds of thousands of people around the world have found, that it can open the door to a whole new experience of wellbeing and closeness to God.
The format of the sessions is:
Brief fellowship and sharing
Brief teaching about Christian meditation
Meditation (20-30 minutes – John Main tradition)
Depart in silence
Thoughts on meditation...
The stillness of meditation, which is the discipline we practice day by day, is the stillness in which we stop doing, we stop thinking, we stop judging, we stop planning, we stop analyzing. In that stillness, as we learn to be still, a knowledge arises, a knowledge of the Spirit, and it is in that knowledge that we find our way forward. (Aspects of Love 1 by Laurence Freeman)
Love, we know from the teaching of Father John Main, is the fruit of meditation. If we want to discern our progress, our growth in meditation, we are able to see it in our developing capacity to give and receive love, and to be able to see with our own eyes that love is the central reality of our lives. There is no greater gift, no greater power, and it is the source of all meaning in our life. (Aspects of Love 1 by Laurence Freeman)
How to meditate:
Sit still and upright.
Close your eyes lightly.
Breathe calmly and regularly.
Silently, interiorly, begin to say a single word. Fr John Main recommends the prayer phrase (mantra) Ma-ra-na-tha.
Recite it as four syllables of equal length. If any thoughts intrude, whatever they are, simply and calmly return to your mantra, with no anxiety or regrets.
We aim to meditate daily for between 20 and 30 minutes.
Ideally we should meditate every morning and every evening.