About the School
The School of Meditation is part of The World Community for Christian Meditation, a global and inclusive contemplative community made up of thousands of weekly groups in more than 100 countries.
Founded almost 30 years ago, the Community has evolved steadily and grown to nurture the practice of meditation and to share this gift with others across an ever-growing spectrum of society – religious and secular. We see meditation as revealing the common ground between all faiths and cultures while respecting their uniqueness.
The School of Meditation arose to support this work. A wealth of programs and resources has been developed to initiate, support and guide people on their journey.
Meditation is not a technique. It is an incredibly simple means of coming to deep peace at the centre of our own being. It is not about success or failure, progression or regression, it is a way of learning to just be, fully alive in harmony with oneself and with all of creation. A life- giving, life discipline – much more than a technique.
As we start to meditate we learn to let go of thoughts and ideas, and to rest in the depths of our own being. There we find a great space – the space that our spirit needs to breathe, the space to be oneself. When you meditate you don’t need to apologize for yourself, or to justify yourself. All you need is to be yourself and fully accept the gift of your own being.
Meditation is a universal wisdom. Here you will meet it through the Christian tradition of the ‘prayer of the heart’. Christian Meditation is a simple way to make the interior pilgrimage from mind to heart. We are so often too head-centred, caught up in the mental noise and overloaded imagination of our culture. In meditation we leave the noise, the thoughts, words and images to one side and allow the inner space to reveal itself.
To lay aside our thoughts, we take a short word or phrase and repeat it silently, interiorly. The important thing is to stay with the same word and say it continuously. The word or mantra we recommend is one of the oldest Christian prayers: Maranatha. It is in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke and it means ‘Come Lord’. We are not thinking of the meaning of the word when we say it. We are not thinking about God but being with God.
The Meditation Journey
The Tradition of Meditation
In the silence of meditation, when you go beyond thought and imagination, you begin to understand that being is what life is about. In meditation you are learning to be. To be is to live as the person you are, without trying to justify your existence or make excuses for your personality. Just to be, as you are. The wonder of it is that the more simple you become, the more you are able to enjoy to the full the gift of your being.John Main, OSB