St Johns East Malvern

Learning to Meditate

At the heart of Christianity is a rich meditative and mystical tradition. With origins traced back to a fourth-century band of renunciates known as the Desert Fathers, the devotion and practice of Christian contemplatives throughout the centuries has been an inspiration to many in pursuit of the timeless Spirit of God.

Saint John’s invites you to discover Christianity’s ancient contemplative soul – and its relevance in today’s fast changing and often chaotic world. Members of the Parish gather for meditation each Wednesday evening at 6.00pm in the Chapel, beginning with a reflective talk from a member of the World Community of Christian Meditation.

Learning to Meditate

These two approaches will help you focus on your inner life and God’s presence with you.

Sit down. Sit still and upright.

Gently close your eyes. Sit relaxed but alert.

Breathe calmly and regularly.

Silently, interiorly, begin to say a single word, for example:

‘Jesus’ or ‘Ma-ra-na-tha’.

Maranatha means ‘Come, Lord’ in Aramaic and is one of the earliest Christian prayers

Listen to this word as you say it, gently, with love and continuously.

Do not think or imagine anything – spiritual or otherwise.

If thoughts or images come, simply return and say this word.

Light a candle.

become conscious of where we are…

the space you’re in… the place you are sitting…

feel the pressure of your back or your body upon the seat…

feel the carpet beneath you… your feet in your shoes…

Now become conscious of your breathing…

follow each breath.

Breathe deep.

Feel the air flow through your body like a blessing…

Draw in that air that connects you with each other and all creation…

Now focus on what is going on in your feelings…

allow yourself to feel it all,… and let go…

Now focus on your mind…

any particular thoughts that may be occupying you…

go to them… then let go…

For more information

Please ring Deb Lauritz on 0409 803 997 or visit the World Community for Christian Meditation

Contemplation