God is deeply committed to giving His people peace and calm.
To provide for us our ‘daily bread’. He hears when we cry out and He is so ready to speak to our hearts and situations, to minister to us and encourage us. Nothing is beyond His care and touch.
His word reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” (Psalm 46:1-2a).
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Meditation in the Christian Tradition.
The NewHope Meditation Group is meeting via Zoom Tuesdays 7:30-8:15pm on May 26, June 2 & June 9
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The Zoom experience includes a body awareness exercise and scripture in song to assist us and bookend the silence. The Zoom call will begin with a period of interaction with other participants, a time of prayer, 10 minutes of silence and then a brief period of interaction at the end.
The aim of this group is to provide a weekly commitment that can assist in participants developing their own daily meditation practice.
Robyn Stokes facilitates the group, assisted by Liz Lee.
What type of Christian Meditation is this?
Following the tradition of John Cassian and the early Christian fathers in the fourth century, and rediscovered by John Main in 1970s. The form it takes is as follows:
- Sit down.
- Sit still with your back straight.
- Close your eyes lightly.
- Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra. We recommend the ancient Christian prayer-word “Maranatha”.
- Say it as four equal syllables. Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and above all – simply. The essence of meditation is simplicity.
- Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and from day to day. Don’t visualise but listen to the word as you say it.
- Let go of all thoughts (even good thoughts), images and other words. Don’t fight your distractions but let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it immediately that you realise you have stopped saying or it or when your attention is wandering.