The weekly online 11th step meditation group met for the first time one year ago August 2017. There were many ‘opportunities’ to practice tolerance and patience as elders like myself learned to navigate our way to ‘the chapel’ which began in rather noisy confusion, but has grown with practice into silence and simplicity! Every week one or more in the group receive a message on our screens – “you have an unstable connection.” A good reminder of why we meditate twice a day!
The opportunity to share this way of prayer online has been one of the greatest gifts for the growth of this outreach. Today we are finding renewed friendships from around the globe along with new friends joining us from Centering Prayer 12 step Outreach and people seeking online for a way to practice meditation in their Christian faith
It seems surreal when we come together from around the globe; from Scotland, London, Canada, and several states across the US including Maui and on to New Zealand. However, when we enter the silence we find we have truly entered the ‘monastery without walls,’ of the ‘ultimate reality’ written in the teachings of John Main and in the 12 Steps or recovery. (See Attached Reading)
The words of John Main, “Meditation creates community! ” and the words of Bill W. written in September 1944 “the roads to recovery are many” take on a whole new meaning in the global highway of cyberspace!
All are welcome to join the online meditation group In the words of Dr. Gerald May, M.D. “To be alive is to be addicted, and to be alive and addicted is to stand in need of grace.” Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions
“A.A. members may disclose their identity and speak as recovered alcoholics, giving radio, TV and Internet interviews, without violating the Traditions — so long as their A.A. membership is not revealed.”
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READING INTO SILENCE
Now and then we may be granted a glimpse of that ultimate reality which is God’s kingdom. And we will be comforted and assured that our own destiny in that realm will be secure for so long as we try, however falteringly, to find and do the will of our own Creator.
Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions p 98
READING FOR FAITH SHARING
This is the importance of meditation for us. In the first place, it is a re-direction of our energy beyond ourselves to ultimate reality, to God. In other words, meditation is a putting of ourselves in touch with the source of all the energy of creation.”
THE DOOR TO SILENCE John Main OSB
Silence & Stillness in Every Season Nov 9
ONLINE GROUP FORMAT:
- Welcome everyone. (Reminder to mute microphones)
- Let us take a moment to be fully present
- Read or ask someone to read the Mission Statement.
We are a group of men and women from 12 step programs, 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.
- Read How to Meditate
- Reading into the silence – slowly prayerfully
- Opening Prayer
- Meditate 25 Minutes
- End Silence Prayer (Group Leader choice)
- Contemplative faith sharing is a time of listening with the ear of the heart to the reading and to one another. Listening for a word, phrase or thought that resonates with your practice of meditation or your spiritual journey of faith. Faith Sharing is experiential and brief.
- Reading for Faith Sharing – Slowly three times
- Conclude with the Closing Prayer
- Invitation to stay afterwards briefly for any questions or concerns