Dom John Main - the founder of the modern Christian Meditation movement. John Main rediscovered the authentic practice of mantra-based christian meditation by studying the ancient works of John Cassian.
Visit - the World Community for Christian Meditation website.
‘Maranatha’ is an Aramaic word from the time of Jesus, meaning 'Come Lord'. It can be found in Revelation 22.20 (the penultimate verse in the New Testament) and has been used as a prayer word since earliest days of Christianity. When meditating, use it simply as a focus for your attention, without thinking about the meaning of it.
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Bere Island: The birth place of Laurence Freeman's mother and a place to which he has returned from time to time for periods of prayer and solitude. In his book “Jesus, the Teacher Within”, Laurence uses his rediscovery of the island as an allegory of the search for personal identity and the gradual separation of reality and illusion we all need to make in order to grow spiritually.
Books and CDs by Laurence Freeman: The London Centre has a wide range of books and CDs by Laurence Freeman and other experienced meditators. Telephone 020-7278-2070 (Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm) or email email@example.com to find out whether they have the product you want in stock, its price in £ and the postage rate.
WCCM Bookshop: The London Centre has a wide range of books and CDs on all aspects of Christian Mediation from a wide range of authors, including John Main, Laurence Freeman, Richard Rohr, Bede Griffiths, Paul Harris, Margaret Rizza and many others. Telephone 020-7278-2070 (Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out whether they have the product you want in stock, its price in £ and the postage rate.
Margaret Rizza: The London Centre has a wide range of music CDs by Margaret Rizza, an experienced meditator and meditation conference speaker. Telephone 020-7278-2070 (Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm) or email email@example.com to find out whether they have the product you want in stock, its price in £ and the postage rate.
Scenes from Guildford: The historic town of Guildford is located between the rolling North Downs and the winding River Wey. It has an interesting past that hails back to Saxon times.
Hove: scenes from the sea front.
Laurence Freeman: a Benedictine monk and priest of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto, and director of WCCM. He is also the founder and director of the John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-religious Dialogue at Georgetown University, and author of many books and articles for the Tablet particularly, and a member of the Board of Medio Media.
Central London, viewed from Greenwich Observatory. Can there be space for quiet contemplation in a city like this? Well yes actually! Saint Marks Church in Islington, hosts the London Christian Meditation Centre. Cockfosters Retreat Centre also offers a range of meditation retreats throughout the year, and further meditation events take place at St Peter’s Centre for Meditation and Peace, at Vauxhall, and at Westminster Cathedral
Views, from Loweswater Village Hall. Usually, once a year in the summer, the Cumbrian Christian Meditation group meet here. The hall provides one of the most panoramic views in the Lake District looking up the valley that holds Crummock Water and Buttermere, to Great Gable, which is wreathed in cloud on this occasion.
The Newsletter is released quarterly and is the main source of information for many many members of the Community. In it you will find sections covering news of the Community's leaders, forthcoming retreats and events and a message from Father Laurence Freeman. Contact Saint Mark's Church if you want to receive it. There are details at the foot of this webpage.
North Staffordshire includes the City of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme and their surrounding areas. There are currently three groups in the area: May Bank (Newcastle), Longton (Stoke) and Stone.
Benedictines: John Main, the founder of the World Community for Christian Meditation, and Laurence Freeman, the Community's current leader; a sketch of the former Christian Meditation Retreat Centre at Cockfosters and one of the corridors at the monastery of Monte Oliveto.
The Open Gate: a retreat house run by the Community of Aidan and Hilda on Lindisfarne, Northumberland. Courses and retreats on many aspects of christian spirituality are provided each year.
Oxford: Britain's oldest university town.
Portsmouth Catholic Cathedral was built in 1882 and is situated close to the City centre and the home of the Royal Navy.
Waterfall, in the grounds of Rydal Hall, near Ambleside. Meetings organised by the Cumbrian Christian Meditation group often take place here. The mountains of the Lake District make an inspiring backdrop to the grounds of the hall and remind us that although the path of meditation can sometimes appear rather steep and craggy, there is a way to the summit.
Autumn Colours, in the grounds of Rydal Hall, near Ambleside. Meetings organised by the Cumbrian Christian Meditation group often take place here. The mountains of the Lake District make an inspiring backdrop to the grounds of the hall and remind us that although the path of meditation can sometimes appear rather steep and craggy, there is a way to the summit.
Shrewsbury: typical half timbered houses in the town and plate glass windows in the cathedral
Lindisfarne Slakes, in the fading light of a late February afternoon. The tranquility of the sea and sky on this day, might remind us of our quest for tranquility of mind and spirit during meditation.
Staffordshire Moorlands at the southwestern end of the Pennines, provides an opportunity for solitude. The Staffordshire Peak District is distinctly quieter than its more famous Derbyshire neighbour!
Scenes from Surrey famous for its gardens and picturesque villages, and also an area where WCCM UK is very active, with a good number of groups and local events
Painted Ceiling, in one of the corridors of the Vatican Museum, leading to the Sistine Chapel.
Links to Other Christian Meditation Related Sites
Bede Griffiths Sangha The Bede Griffiths Sangha (the Sanskrit word for community) is an informal network of people who have been touched and inspired by his life and teachings.
Contemplative Spirituality Offering resources to promote the practice of contemplative prayer, and the study, and relevance, of the Christian mystical tradition in the contemporary world. The range of resources includes organising an educational programme, journal, pilgrimages and conferences. It will also to include a contribution to interfaith and interreligious dialogue.
Norwich Christian Meditation Centre website This is the brainchild of an Anglican vicar who has been very instrumental in spreading the word about the importance of the contemplative dimension in Christianity and was very supportive of me starting a meditation group which has met at St Augustines church for the past 4 years. He wanted to bring complementary activities together under the brand of the Norwich Christian Meditation centre. There is also a section on Nogg's Barn, Anne and Mark Mcdonnells' meditation space where an essential teaching workshop is taking place in the summer.
Conversare is a charitable organisation that offers courses and resources aimed at those who facilitate group meetings. They support The Living Spirituality Network, and aim to encourage and support people to engage in spiritual reflection and conversation; something that, in spite of increasingly busy lives, many more people are recognising the need for. One of the key ways we do this is by providing an extensive on-line library of resources. The library is structured around ‘themes for reflection and conversation’ and contains images, poetry, music, prose, prayers and sacred texts, which can be easily downloaded and/or printed. They also offer:
- A simple methodology for spiritual conversation
- Workshops and facilitated conversation sessions
- Training for the facilitators of groups
- An on-line conversation forum
Margaret Rizza has written and performed a wide range of spiritual music, often used as a prelude for meditation. Several of the CDs available from WCCM to encompass meditation feature Margaret's work. You can listen to more of her music by following this link
The Ammerdown Centre is a Conference and Retreat Centre nestling in rural Somerset, but only12 miles from Bath. It is run as an open Christian community dedicated to hospitality, spirituality and growth, and you will find a number of meditation events in its programme.
Outreach Links for Addicts
http://www.east-westdetox.org.uk As seen on BBC Documentary Series: 'Correspondent'
(The Decision) BBC2 1997 ‘Kill or Cure’ (Constant Cravings) BBC2 2003. East-WestDetox offer an Herbal Detoxification
and Rehabilitation Programme for a whole range of addictive substances Are you ready to change your life? Are
you willing to break the chains of your addiction? And find your true Self? If so, begin your journey by exploring
this website And see the possibilities that exist.
http://www.calixinlondon.org.uk/ The Calix Society was founded in 1947 in the USA to assist alcoholics in recovery. It has had a branch in London since 2008. It works with Alcoholics Anonymous providing extra spiritual guidance and support, especially, but not exclusively, for those who hold the Catholic faith. Christian Meditation is one form of practice and support on offer.