Weekly Teachings

In the three year cycle of the 'Weekly Teaching' we are returning to Year 1 - The Essential Teaching. Since this forms the basis of our practice it is good to periodically remind ourselves of the Essential Teaching. I will be editing and updating the existing weekly episodes as we go along.

This series of Weekly Teachings on Christian Meditation is designed for both individual and group use.

The first year of the 'Weekly Teaching' deals with the fundamentals of our teaching, the second year deals with problems meditators might meet during their practice and the third year deals with the theology of John Main, Laurence Freeman and the early Christian Fathers.

Together they form a comprehensive introduction to the essential teaching of the tradition.

This teaching can be expressed very concisely:

Sit down. Sit still and upright. Close your eyes lightly. Be relaxed but alert. Silently, interiorly begin to say a single word. Repeat it faithfully, continuously, gently and simply. We recommend the prayer phrase or mantra, “Maranatha”. Repeat it as four equal syllables : Ma ra na tha. Listen to the word as you say it and let go of all thoughts, other words, images and distractions.. Do not think or imagine anything - spiritual or otherwise. If thoughts and images come, these are distractions at the time of meditation, so let them go and keep returning to simply saying the word. Meditate twenty to thirty minutes each morning and evening.

The further we journey into this experience the simpler it becomes – simple, of course, does not mean easy. In making this journey we are also entering a great tradition with a rich history and inexhaustible wisdom. These weekly teachings arranged in a three year cycle are an introduction to this tradition in which our personal journey wonderfully unfolds.