Meditate

What is Christian Meditation?

 

Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions, leading from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone, wherever you are on your life’s journey. It is only necessary to be clear about the practice and then to begin – and to keep on beginning.

 

In Christianity this tradition of contemplation, the prayer of the heart or 'apophatic prayer', became marginalised and often even sometimes suspect. But in recent times a major recovery of the contemplative dimension of Christian faith -and prayer - has been happening.

This is transforming the different faces of the Church and revealing the way the Gospel integrates the mystical and the social. Central to this process now is the rediscovery of how to pray in this dimension and at this depth: finding a practice of meditation in the Christian tradition.

 

The World Community teaches a practice derived from the Gospel teaching of Jesus and the advice of early Christian monks. The Desert Fathers and Mothers teach a Christian spirituality of powerful relevance for those today who want to jive their discipleship to Jesus in a radical and simple way.

Extracts from The World Community of Christian Meditation website http://wccm.org/

Join Us in Meditation

 

Our meditation group is currently not meeting. 

If you would like to join a group, please contact us.

Meanwhile, you may wish to download this fantastic Meditation App from WCCM: 

 

https://www.wccm.org/content/wccm-app

 

How to Meditate

 

Pray an Opening Prayer such as: Heavenly Father, open our hearts to the silent presence of the spirit of your Son. Lead us into that mysterious silence where your love is revealed to all who call, 'Maranatha…Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Sit still with your back straight.

 

Close your eyes lightly.

 

Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra.

We recommend the ancient Christian prayer-word "Maranatha".

 

Say it as four equal syllables.

 

Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and - above all - simply.

 

The essence of meditation is simplicity. Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and in each meditation day to day.

Don't visualise but listen to the word, as you say it.

Let go of all thoughts (even good thoughts), images and other words.

Don’t fight your distractions: let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it as soon as you realise you have stopped saying it or when your attention wanders.

 

Meditate for between 20 and 30 minutes (preferably twice a day, morning and evening).

Pray a Closing Prayer such as: May this group be a true spiritual home for the seeker, a friend for the lonely, a guide for the confused. May those who pray here be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to serve all who come, and to receive them as Christ Himself. In the silence of this room may all the suffering, violence, and confusion of the world encounter the power of the Holy Spirit that will console, renew and uplift the human spirit. May this silence be a power to open the hearts of men and women to the vision of God, and so to each other, in love and peace, justice and human dignity. May the beauty of the divine life, fill this group and the hearts of all who pray here, with joyful hope. May all who come here weighed down by the problems of humanity leave giving thanks for the wonder of human life.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen
 

The Prayer Word or ‘Mantra’1

 

The tradition of ‘monologistic’ prayer – prayer that employs one sacred word recited continuously in the heart and mind in faith – is a venerable tradition in Christianity. It began perhaps with reverence for the name of Jesus (at which every knee shall bend’ Phil 2:10). John Cassian recommends the verse (Psalm 69.2) ‘O God come to my assistance, O Lord make haste to help me’. St Benedict later adopted this as the opening verse of the Divine Office, a place it occupies to our day. In the twentieth century, John Main inheriting and passing on the same tradition recommended the early Aramaic Christian prayer ‘maranatha’. This is a scriptural phrase meaning ‘Come Lord’ (1Cor: 16:22), in the language Jesus spoke, Aramaic, and a sacred phrase in the early Christian liturgy. There are many other examples of suggested prayer-words in the history of Christian prayer reflecting the particular epoch or the personality of the master of prayer who was leading others into contemplative silence and stillness (hesychia) in the heart. Common to the tradition is the emphasis on continuous repetition of the word with deepening faith and fidelity to the same word as it becomes rooted in the heart and opens the grace of contemplation – our entry into the prayer of Jesus himself in the Holy Spirit. 1

 

Extracts from The World Community of Christian Meditation website http://wccm.org/