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.