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  John Main's Christian Meditation
While in the case of Swami Satyananda and John Main obvious parallels may be drawn between mantra meditation and the Christian goal of prayer, the fact remains that at the time the Swami transmitted the teaching to John Main, the technique involved was one of Hindu meditation, not Christian prayer.
Christian meditation in the tradition of John Main is not understood as contemplation in the sense of John of the Cross.
Meditation, known also as contemplative prayer, is the prayer of silence, the place where direct contact with Christ can occur, once the never-ceasing activity of the mind has been stilled.
www.innerexplorations.com /chmystext/john.htm   (5599 words)

  Christian meditation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian meditation is a form of quiet (but not necessarily silent) contemplation often associated with prayer or scripture study.
In Hinduism, meditation as a component of Yoga is one path to attain enlightenment, or union with God.
Christians agree that meditation is an effective technique to quiet and clear the mind, as preparation for God's inspiration.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Christian_meditation   (984 words)

 Christian Meditation
Christian meditation is similar to other forms of meditation in that it involves a deliberate action on the part of the individual, in time that he or she has set aside purposefully to ponder or think.
During the practice of meditation, the non-christian strives to clear his or her consciousness of all thoughts, concentrating intensely until in a prescribed period of time a bare minimum of thoughts has been allowed or entertained in the consciousness.
Christians can achieve this by focusing on the Word of God, as the psalmist said: "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night" (Psalms 1:2).
www.allaboutspirituality.org /christian-meditation-faq.htm   (628 words)

 On Some Aspects of Christian Meditation (Orationis Formas)
Christian prayer is always determined by the structure of the Christian faith, in which the very truth of God and creature shines forth.
This is why when a Christian prays, even if he is alone, his prayer is in fact always within the framework of the "communion of saints" in which and with which he prays, whether in a public and liturgical way or in a private manner.
If the perfection of Christian prayer cannot be evaluated using the sublimity of gnostic knowledge as a basis, neither can it be judged by referring to the experience of the divine, as "Messalianism" proposed.[9] These false fourth-century charismatics identified the grace of the Holy Spirit with the psychological experience of his presence in the soul.
www.ourladyswarriors.org /teach/meditation.htm   (6356 words)

 Catholic Culture : Document Library : Some Aspects of Christian Meditation
Christian prayer is always determined by the structure of the Christian faith, in which the very truth of God and creature shines forth.
This is why when a Christian prays, even if he is alone, his prayer is in fact always within the framework of the "communion of saints" in which and with which he prays, whether in a public and liturgical way or in a private manner.
Similar methods of meditation, on the other hand, including those which have their starting-point in the words and deeds of Jesus, try as far as possible to put aside everything that is worldly, sense perceptible or conceptually limited.
www.catholicculture.org /docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=2932   (6658 words)

 Christian Meditation
Sometimes the Gospel Meditation was practized by speaking the text of the bible slowly with closed eyes (e.g.
But apart from meditation there are as many methods as there are people, all leading to the same goal.
They also meditate on Christian images *, or read a brief excerpt of the bible or of a Christian mystic and then meditate on it.
www.ways-of-christ.net /topics/meditation.htm   (1110 words)

 Meditation: Quieting the Mind and Other Discipline - Christian Information
Meditation is the journey into the essence of all, a spiral ever expanding into dimensions and experiences of awareness beyond the self, beyond thought forms, beyond time, beyond fear, beyond death, sometimes exploding into the superbrilliant light of Ascension, unshackling through Resurrection, to where Self abides.
Meditation is the spearhead of an evangelical invasion from the East.
Meditation is a doorway into the world of the occult and it has been practiced by the guru's for thousands of years to open their psychic selves to a new reality.
www.christianinformation.org /article.asp?artID=78   (4335 words)

 Christian Meditation
The goal of Christian meditation is to draw near to God in vibrant relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.
The purpose of Christian meditation is to experience the abundant life proffered by God's grace in His Son.
The theory behind the meditative practice may fade away just as music theory vanishes from one's consciousness when a musician is swept up in the rapture of the song.
churches.net /education/ssm01/xmed.htm   (2823 words)

 Christian Meditation
Meditation is the way most commonly employed by seekers of God throughout history in their quest to penetrate surface appearances and come to grips with the Real.
Today, Christian meditation represents a recovery and renewal of the fifth century teachings of John Cassian, the Eastern Christian practice of the "Jesus prayer", the fourteenth century classic The “Cloud of Unknowing”, and other sources.
At the end of meditation, some make a gradual transition back into cognitive activity by slowly, interiorly reciting a prayer which express the attitude of openness and surrender which they have embodied during their time of prayer.
www.unitasmeditation.ca /meditationeng.htm   (1268 words)

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Elenne Ford thought that Christian meditation would appeal to Christians in a stressful profession, and she noted that it fitted with the Convention theme of seeking God first.
Christian meditation is a form of silent prayer using a mantra.
John Main calls Christian meditation the prayer of the heart, and repeatedly emphasises that it is the practice or doing of it that matters, not reading books about it.
www.christianlawyers.asn.au /articles/Christian_Meditation.doc   (2541 words)

 Hypnosis: The Healing Power of the Mind & Self-Help
Meditation is just as important as any of the other things you do as part of your “quiet time”—prayer, self-hypnosis, relaxation—anything you do to shut out the outside world and take time for yourself.
Meditation is also as important as the other things you do as part of your normal daily routine—taking a bath or shower, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, going to work, eating, etc.—these are all things you do to take care of your body, or your outer self.
Meditation is to the soul as rain is to dry earth—refreshing, renewing, restoring.
www.goodtapes.com   (1290 words)

 Christian Meditation and Contemplation from Cenacle Catholic Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This book is a series of essays or meditations on the Christian faith in the light of his knowledge and experience of other faiths.
Subjects covered; monastic ideal and laity; meditation with a mantra; mantra meditation in the Eastern tradition; contemplative life in the church and its future; John Main and questions and answers.
Meditation in the Christian Tradition with Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, Edith Stein.
www.cenacle.co.uk /lists/BooksMeditation.htm   (1999 words)

 Former Trappist monk James Finley talks about meditation for Christians -- Beliefnet.com
In "Meditations for Christians," for example, he guides listeners to "enter the mind of Christ" (listen to an audio clip).
Today more and more Christians are using the term meditation in a way that was traditionally referred to in the Christian tradition as contemplation, and that's how I'm using it.
Christian meditation is way of experiencing God beyond what the ego can grasp or attain.
www.beliefnet.com /story/150/story_15042_1.html   (951 words)

 Hesed Community - About Christian Meditation
It is also Christian because it is centered in the human consciousness of Jesus in our inmost being.We naturally meditate with other Christians, and our lives are guided and enriched in community by Scripture, sacrament and all the different ways of ministering to others in the love and compassion of the Spirit.
Meditation is wholly consistent with his teaching about prayer.
Meditation is the daily discipline that teaches us to see God in the here-and-now.
www.hesedcommunity.org /pages/meditation.htm   (760 words)

 Yoga from a Christian Perspective Resources - Christians Practicing Yoga
Passage meditation involves committing to memory passages from the sacred scriptures and the writings of the holy men and women we call “saints.” One passes the memorized passage through the mind slowly and repeatedly.
The strength of passage meditation and its allied disciplines is its universal applicability and its practical, concrete way of helping translate religious aspirations into the rhythm and fiber of daily living.
The passage meditation school considers use of a mantram the first of the “allied disciplines” that accompanies meditation as a foundation for the spiritual life.
www.christianspracticingyoga.com /passage.htm   (1920 words)

 Maranatha - A Christian Meditation Mantra
However, there is a Christian meditation mantra that has been used for a very long time by the early monks, though it is little known publicly as a mantra practice.
The wonder of meditation is that this revelation that the light has conquered the darkness and that Jesus is the light becomes universal in your experience.
Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.
www.swamij.com /maranatha.htm   (1713 words)

 Christian Meditation and Contemplative Prayer
Having studied Eastern meditation techniques, he is credited with reviving an interest in Christian meditation and contemplative prayer.
James Finley was a student of Merton's and is a contemporary teacher of Christian meditation.
Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God, by James Finley ($14), A former monk and student of Thomas Merton, Finley teaches readers to expand (or begin) their meditation practices in concert with their faith and guides them to discover that divine moments of awakened consciousness can lead to a deeper connection with Christ.
www.aboutmeditation.com /christian.html   (768 words)

 Christian Meditation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
But there are many who believe that Christ taught his disciples to meditate and he even had a school for disciples and one of the most important thing that they learned was how to meditate.
Meditation is all through the Bible and though it is not considered, by the churches as anything more than thinking about the Word, in reality it is that and much more.
Meditation is an effective means to a connection with God and His power and peace and enlightenment.
www.newdaynews.com /goodnews/index.cgi/noframes/read/821   (836 words)

 Christian Meditation
Meditation is purely the name for any period of restful contemplation - not a passive rest but actively practising the presence of God.
One of the most beautiful meditations is a meditation on silence.
I'd say to someone trying Christian meditation for the first time "explore and have fun!" God is the source of all life and as we develop strength of mind and will in His Spirit we can do it.
www.voidspace.org.uk /voidspace/christian_meditation.shtml   (735 words)

 Christian Meditation
One form of Christian meditation that has been used by believers since at least the fourth century AD is the lectio divina.
Today, meditation is generally seen as a practice of the New Age movement.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) was developed by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the Hindu religion and is steeped in Hindu philosophy.
www.allaboutgod.com /christian-meditation.htm   (572 words)

 Christian Meditation
Meditation is a process of quieting and calming the mind.
Meditation in any form will not change your faith or views on god or religion in general.
Christian meditation is calming the mind using meditating techniques and using Christian phrases to enhance your meditation or contemplation.
www.fast-stress-relief.com /christian-meditation.html   (448 words)

Beginning with an overview of the Christian contemplative tradition and its historical roots, and complete with step-by-step instructions in how to progress in your own practice, Finley offers a personal retreat experience for you to practice along with, at your own pace.
Meditation has the power to reveal to us the “surprising nearness” of God, Finley teaches.
As you expand your meditation practice, in concert with your faith, you will find that these divine moments come more often, until you are finally awak-ened to your own deepest self, one with Christ, with James Finley’s Christian Meditation.
store.soundstrue.com /af00679d.html   (474 words)

 Christian Meditation in the West and East, Traditional Catholic Reflections & Reports, Stephen Hand Editor TCRNews.com,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Christians owe it to themselves to develop the desire to meditate regularly, lest they come to resemble the three first kinds of soil in the parable of the sower.5 But a method is only a guide; the important thing is to advance, with the Holy Spirit, along the one way of prayer: Christ Jesus.
Christians have always seen a scriptural invitation to lectio divina in the example of the Virgin Mary “pondering in her heart” what she saw and heard of Christ (Luke 2:19).
In the Christian past the words action (or practice, from the Greek praktikos) and contemplation did not describe different kinds of Christians engaging (or not engaging) in different forms of prayer and apostolates.
tcrnews2.com /Meditation06.html   (5064 words)

 Amazon.fr : Come to the Quiet: The Principles of Christian Meditation: Livres en anglais: John Michael Talbot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Talbot, a renowned monk and bestselling Christian musician, draws upon Eastern as well as Western meditation teachings, so that readers glean wisdom from the Taoists as well as Catholic mystics.
It must have seemed like a good idea at the time: a book about Christian meditation that unites Christian West and Far East and weaves in a separate treatment of the Christian East, a traditional religion drawing fresh attention in the 21st century and whose venerable monastic history is germane to Western meditation.
But readers who are primarily interested in Christian meditation would do better with Thomas Keating or, going even deeper, Thomas Merton.
www.amazon.fr /Come-Quiet-Principles-Christian-Meditation/dp/1585421448   (602 words)

 Christian Meditation
She has observed several Christian Meditation groups and has practiced this form of prayer for over 20 years.
Christian Meditation is a form of prayer based on the teachings of John Main, OSB (1926-1982), founder of the first Christian Meditation Center in 1975 in London.
It is a sign of his vision that small meditation groups continue to form and are found in over a hundred countries around the world.
www.ssjerie.org /christianmed.htm   (473 words)

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