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The Way of Meditation

In Meditation we are not thinking about God at all. In Meditation we seek to do something immeasurable greater, we seek to be with God, to be with our Higher Power ( in recovery language) or the God of our understanding. In Meditation we go beyond thoughts, even holy thoughts. Meditation is concerned not with thinking but with being. Our aim in Meditation is to allow God's mysterious and silent presence within us to become the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, to everything we are. The task of Meditation therefore is to bring our distracted mind to stillness, silence and concentration before and in our God.
     To meditate we seek a quiet place, and find a comfortable upright sitting position. Close our eyes gently. Sit relaxed but alert with back straight. Silently, interiorly we begin to say our Word or Mantra. For recovering people I recommend the word "SERENITY" or another word of your choosing. Keep it simple! Some people say the Word or Mantra in conjunction with their calm and regular breathing. The speed should be fairly slow, fairly rhythmical. Do not think or imagine anything spiritual or otherwise. If thoughts and images come, these are distractions, and do not fight them but gently keep returning to simply saying Your Word. Meditate each morning and evening for between twenty and thirty minutes. If in doubt or confused or discouraged, just Keep saying your Word or Mantra.
    Once you have chosen a Word or Mantra stick with it . Moving from one word to another word can distract you from the deeper rewards of meditation. Meditation is not a technique but a discipline.

For more information on Christian Meditation go to their website: http://www.wccm.org   



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