Year 1

Letter 32: It is simple, but not easy

“Therefore I bid you put away anxious thoughts about food and drink to keep you alive, and clothes to cover your body.

Letter 31: Our interior senses

With increasing detachment from our conditioning and from the need to use the world and other people as emotional props, we at times leave behind the things that hinder.

Letter 30: Entering the Silence

It takes courage to leave our thoughts, our ‘ego’ behind, to leave the comfort of our conditioning, to let go – however temporarily - of our sense of identity and individuality that we have shaped

Letter 29: The Stages of the Journey (2)

As we have seen meditation leads us to a greater awareness of our conditioning and hence to self-knowledge and ultimately to freedom.

Letter 28: The Stages of the Journey

“Meditation is a way of breaking through from a world of illusion into the pure light of reality”.
(John Main)

Letter 27: Discovering our true self

Meditation with its one-pointed focus, whether on the breath, on movement or in our case on a mantra, is a scientifically proven way to relaxation both of mind and body.

Letter 26: Staying in the present moment

If we just watch our thoughts for a while, we realise quite soon that all of them are linked to the past or to the future.

Letter 25: The Power of Silence

The essence of meditation is stillness and silence. Silence is both external and internal. External silence is hard to find in our world today.

Letter 24: Quotes about the Mantra

"The mind should unceasingly cling to the mantra until strengthened by continual use of it, it casts off and rejects the rich and ample matter of all kinds of thought and restricts itself to the poverty of the single verse Those who realize this poverty arrive with ease at the first of the Beatitudes; `Blessed are they who are poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven'."

John Cassian - Conference X

Letter 23: The problem of distractions

"I want now to address a particular question that we all encounter. It is the question of distractions. What should you do when you begin to meditate and distracting thoughts come into your mind? The advice that the tradition has to give us is to ignore the distractions and to say your word and to keep on saying your word. Don't waste any energy in trying to furrow your brow and say, `I will not think of what I am going to have for dinner', or `who I'm going to see today', or `where am I going tomorrow', or whatever the distraction may be. Don't try to use any energy to dispel the distraction. Simply ignore it and the way to ignore it is to say your word."
(John Main, Moment of Christ)