The Practice

Photograph courtesy of: Denise Chng Lisan


The essence of meditation is learning to stand back and to allow God to come into the forefront of your life, to take that step away from self-centredness to God-centredness. The result is that we find our own place in the world, our relationships in the right order – our relationships with one another, our relationship with creation, and our relationship with God. - John Main OSB

The important aim in meditation is to allow God’s mysterious and silent presence within us to become more and more not only a reality but THE reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, everything we are. - John Main OSB

The way of meditation is simplicity itself. We simply have to begin, and to continue. It is essential to tread the path, to be on the way, each day of our lives. - John Main OSB

 

How to Meditate


Sit
Sit down. Sit still and upright.
Close your eyes lightly. Sit relaxed but alert.

Say
Silently, interiorly begin to say a single word.
We recommend the prayer-phrase maranatha.
Recite it as four syllables of equal length.
Ma-ra-na-tha.

Listen
Listen to it as you say it, gently but continuously.
Do not think or imagine anything, spiritual or otherwise.

Return
If thoughts or images come,
these are distractions at the time of meditation,
so keep returning to simply saying the word.

Persevere
Meditate each morning and evening
for between twenty and thirty minutes.

Begin the Journey


20-minute silence (timed with bells)

Stay on the Journey
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