Meditation empowers us to face the addictions and compulsions that affect most of our lives — to a greater or lesser degree. As part of an assisted programme of recovery, simply learning to meditate helps us face and resolve those conditioned patterns of mind that need to change. As the simple, gentle practice becomes part of us, a new clarity of perception and generosity of heart open up. Meditation does not make us perfect. But it helps us resonate with the self–forgiving love inherent in us all, and which is strengthened within the fellowship of our communities.
In Christian meditation we realise how the practice expresses and releases our personal freedom. We see how it is love that does this work because meditation is more than a technique or a course. It is the ‘work of love’ and even, in time, a way of life.
Mental agitation and defeatism are two strong elements of all addiction. They toss us around on waves of distraction. But as they subside through the practice of meditation we are opened to the luminous stillness of the present moment in which the power of love is revealed as the centre of all reality.
Meditation is a healing process. What is healed is the wound of our divided self that separates us from others, from God and so from our full potential.
Meditation as an 11th Step Practice
We are a group of men and women from 12–step programmes following the teachings of John Main and The World Community for Christian Meditation. We are not a replacement for, nor are we affiliated with, any 12–step programme of recovery. We are here to share this ancient path of contemplative prayer as a way to practice the 11th Step:
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step 11 of the 12 Step Programmes:
Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless. The moment we catch even a glimpse of God’s will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs. We know that when we turn to Him, all will be well with us, here and hereafter.
12 Steps 12 Traditions
This programme helps people in 12 Step recovery to connect with a support system for meditation. We honor the traditions of 12 Step recovery. Anonymity, the spiritual foundation of our recovery, reminds us to put principles before personalities. We, therefore, maintain anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, and digital media, such as the Internet. We value the principle of attraction rather than promotion in sharing this programme. If you would like more information or would like to present an introductory workshop for Christian Meditation As an 11th Step Practice we will be happy to help.
Guidelines for a Group
It is important to have a basic understanding of The Essential Teaching of Christian Meditation and the guidelines for How to Start A Group. This will be the foundation for your group.
Meditation begins with a call that awakens us out of the coma of self–preoccupation. We are called, we are chosen. Meditation is our response to that call from the deepest center of our awakened consciousness…by letting go in meditation we learn how to love.
John Main OSB
• Moment of silence . . .“room to breathe room to be”
• Invite someone to read the Mission Statement:
We are a group of men and women from 12 step programmes, following the teachings of John Main and the World Community for Christian Meditation. We are not a replacement for, nor are we affiliated with, any 12–step program of recovery. We are here to share this ancient path of contemplative prayer as a way to practice the 11th Step:
Step 11 — “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.”
• How To Meditate — In your own words or the CD (If newcomers are present briefly go over the format of the evening)
• Reading from the 11th Step or other AA Literature that relates to the week’s teaching.
• Example: “Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, either of width or height. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each of us works out in his own way. But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love.” 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, p.101
• Opening prayer — together (Found online, written by Fr. John Main)
• CD 20 minute Meditation
• Lord’s Prayer
• Pass out the Teaching of the Week (Light Within example)
• Faith sharing. This is a brief time of identifying with the readings in relation to our journey of a spiritual awakening in the practice of Step 11
• Announcements — includes suggestion for donation to cover expenses and support of WCCM
• Mystery of Love Music CD
• Closing Prayer — together (Found online, written by Fr. Laurence Freeman)
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