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Meditation in the Christian Tradition

“Meditation is not just a way of doing something but is a way of becoming someone - becoming yourself: created by God, redeemed by Jesus, and a temple of the Holy Spirit.” (John Main OSB)

Meditation is a universal practice. It can be found in all the great religions – leaving behind the busy mind and opening to the still centre within, seeking God in silence and stillness. Within Christianity, it was taught by the Desert Fathers in the 4th and 5th centuries and by the medieval English author of ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’. In the 20th century, men such as Thomas Merton and Bede Griffiths inspired many Christians to turn to contemplative prayer, and the Benedictine John Main taught the ancient practice as a way of meditation for modern people. The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) - an ecumenical network of meditators - passes on Fr John’s teaching “in the spirit of serving the unity of all”.

During the day we will describe a practice of meditation based on the use of a repeated prayer word (or mantra) which acts as a tether for our wandering attention. We will look at some of the reasons why Christians are inspired to follow this and similar practices, and allow plenty of time for questions and discussion. Above all, we will sit to meditate together.

The day will be led by Jeanne Blowers and Roger Layet. Both have been meditating for many years, and serve as regional coordinators of the WCCM. Roger has served as national coordinator; Jeanne is an experienced teacher and helps train spiritual directors.

 

 

Led by: Jeanne Blowers and Roger Layet

9.30am for 10.am until 4pm. Includes coffee, lunch and tea

“Meditation is not just a way of doing something but is a way of becoming someone - becoming yourself: created by God, redeemed by Jesus, and a temple of the Holy Spirit.” (John Main OSB)

Meditation is a universal practice. It can be found in all the great religions – leaving behind the busy mind and opening to the still centre within, seeking God in silence and stillness. Within Christianity, it was taught by the Desert Fathers in the 4th and 5th centuries and by the medieval English author of ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’. In the 20th century, men such as Thomas Merton and Bede Griffiths inspired many Christians to turn to contemplative prayer, and the Benedictine John Main taught the ancient practice as a way of meditation for modern people. The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) - an ecumenical network of meditators - passes on Fr John’s teaching “in the spirit of serving the unity of all”.

During the day we will describe a practice of meditation based on the use of a repeated prayer word (or mantra) which acts as a tether for our wandering attention. We will look at some of the reasons why Christians are inspired to follow this and similar practices, and allow plenty of time for questions and discussion. Above all, we will sit to meditate together.

The day will be led by Jeanne Blowers and Roger Layet. Both have been meditating for many years, and serve as regional coordinators of the WCCM. Roger has served as national coordinator; Jeanne is an experienced teacher and helps train spiritual directors

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Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.