Mindfulness Meditation is the practice to awaken people to the presence of the Spirit within us, helping us be still and know. Meditation is more than slowing down and calming the mind, in the Christian Tradition, meditation is a Prayer of silence and stillness, it is a simple direct method of making us present to God in love. We are not thinking about God, we are not asking God for anything, nor are we thanking God. We are just being one with God. Meditation has been a part of Christian prayer since the beginning. “The Christian tradition comprises three major expressions of the life of prayer: vocal prayer, meditation, and contemplative prayer. They have in common the recollection of the heart.”
Here’s One Method for Practicing Meditation
To meditate, we adopt a good sitting posture, keeping our feet on the ground, our hands gently resting on our laps and our eyes gently closed.
In Christian meditation, as in a lot of meditations, we use a prayer, a word or mantra. The word we recommend is Ma Ra Na Tha. It means “Come Lord”. This word is found in the Scriptures and is the earliest known prayer of the Christian Community. We say the word from the beginning of the meditation to the end and we listen to it as a sound in our hearts. That is why it is sometimes called the prayer of the heart. “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” – Romans 8:26-27
We meditate every morning and evening for 20 to 30 minutes. Distractions will come but we just let them float past. Be patient with yourself. As soon as we become aware of them we just gently return to the mantra.
Meditation is very simple but it is not easy, as we are conditioned for distraction. It is an act of faith and perseverance. The fruits of meditation are love, peace, compassion, patience, understanding, joy, tolerance, kindness, freedom, faithfulness, humility and self-control – Galatians 5.
Through the elements of Mediation; Silence, Stillness and Simplicity, we will return to our gifts outlined and live out of them. Plus, we may deepen our spiritual life leading to inner peace.
“There is no part-time or partial prayer, as if the Spirit were not always alive in our heart. But there are times, our twice-daily meditation, when we make a complete turn of consciousness towards this ever-present reality. There comes a level of awakening when our awareness of this reality is constant, throughout our most diverse activities and concerns.” – Benedictine monk John Main
Mindfulness in the Christian Tradition takes place tomorrow, Saturday,11th May from 10 am – 4 pm
Facilitator: Marian Burke