A concise handbook by a highly respected meditation teacher.
Written in the tradition of John Main, the pioneer who revived the Christian tradition of meditation, this book is an ideal introduction to the discipline of daily meditation.
John Main called the practice of meditation a pilgrimage to our own heart. Laurence Freeman adds that "the solitude of meditation cures our most painful loneliness and reveals that we are in a deep and essential relationship."
For anyone who seeks fullness of being and a deepening of his or her spiritual life, Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice is a perfect guide. Here are practical essentials of meditation leading the reader to the still centre of prayer, "the human consciousness of Jesus worshipping God in the Spirit."
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Dom Laurence Freeman OSB is a monk of the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. Fr Laurence was born in England in 1951 where he was educated by the Benedictines and studied English Literature at Oxford University.
Before entering monastic life he had experience with the United Nations, banking and journalism. In the monastery his spiritual teacher was John Main with whom he studied and whom he helped in the establishment of the first Christian Meditation Centre in London.
In 1977, he went with John Main at the invitation of the Archbishop of Montreal to establish a Benedictine community of monks and laypeople dedicated to the practice and teaching of Christian meditation. Fr Laurence studied theology at the Universite de Montreal and at McGill University, made his solemn monastic profession in 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1980.
After the death of John Main in 1982, he continued the work of teaching meditation that had now begun to develop a global community. In 1991, Fr Laurence returned to England to establish the International Centre of the newly formed World Community for Christian Meditation that is now present in more than a hundred countries.
He has conducted dialogues and peace initiatives such as the historic "Way of Peace" with the Dalai Lama and is active in inter-religious dialogue with other faiths as well as in encouraging the teaching of Christian meditation to children and students and in the re-appropriation of the contemplative wisdom tradition in the Church and society at large. He is the Director of the WCCM Benedictine Oblate Community. In 2010 he launched the MEDITATIO outreach programme of the Community to mark the celebration of its twentieth anniversary.
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