Christian Meditation – Something Old or Something New

While reading the Weekly Teachings I was struck by what Father Laurence had written at the end of one of his teachings, “When I first came to teach Christian meditation here in Australia a Christian aborigine came up to me after the talk. He said “you are speaking about this 2000 year old tradition of prayer in the church. My people have been practicing it for 40,000. I asked him what meditation meant to him then as a Christian and an aborigine. His reply moved me strongly. He said “my people have learned how to sit in a non-questioning silence, to listen. As a Christian, I understand that what we have been listening to all these millenia is the Word of God sounding at the heart of creation.”

Christian Meditation isn’t something new, people have been in silence meditating for tens of thousands of years.  The titles for this silence have changed over the years but as the Aborigine man stated so eloquently the silence is non-questioning and what they were listening to was the Word of God!

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Peace

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One Response to Christian Meditation – Something Old or Something New

  1. Karen Wood says:

    Wow. I got chills as I read what the aborigine said. I recalled writing something along those same lines a year or so ago. I just went through my hopper and found it. Just proves that we all draw from the same Source as we journey inward. :-)

    It’s called: “The Chamber of Silence”

    Buried deep within the noises
    Of the outer world;
    Hidden beneath the chatter
    Of ceaseless mind-talk …
    Lies a Light Chamber of Silence.

    No matter what noises
    Beckon my attention
    Or what mind musings
    Crave my awareness ~
    The Silent Chamber claims
    A stronger pull …

    The Chamber draws me
    To its pool of Stillness,
    Tugging at me to s-t-o-p long enough
    To rest in its Sacred Silent Solitude.

    I met You there!
    Oh, Divine Silence!

    In that hidden Chamber of Silence
    Within the depths of my Soul ~
    As I drown in the Still Light …
    I listen for Your Word!

    ~ By Karen Wood (written 9-21-11 in Angel Fire, NM)

    Sending deep gratitude for the work you all do to encourage Christian meditation/contemplation. Thank you for opportunities to share when the Silence within “speaks” … that Word is, indeed, Christmas!
    Karen

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