Rev. Linda Chapman is one of the speakers at the Meditatio Seminar “Ecology, Economy and Meditation,” 22-24 April 2016, in Sydney, Australia. She is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of Moruya, an Oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation and a Spiritual Director following her time at the Mary McKillop Centre, Sydney.
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You can read below the testimonials from students of the Meditation and Leadership Course, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University:
I have found a lot of value from this Meditation and Leadership Course. I have taken away a number of valuable lessons that pertain to both my new meditative practice, as well as my outlook and approach to my life as a whole. I believe one of the greatest takeaways from the course is the reminder that I can not control my environment, but I can control how I react to it. I would be lying to say that meditation has transformed me entirely over the past six weeks, but it has definitely made a noticeable difference. Over the past six weeks, I have become more aware of how I react to given stressors throughout my day and in how I communicate with both colleagues, and close family and friends. Whether it is the meditation itself or the lessons taught in the course, I have become much more in-tuned to myself, my values, and my relationships. (Emilie Teitelbaum, MBA student, fall 2016)
Meditation and Leadership was an extremely enriching course. By starting by exploring the storied tradition of the practice across various cultures and religions, we immediately got a sense for the inclusiveness of the meditation practice. Bertrand and Laurence also brought in guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who shared their own personal experiences. We were constantly reminded not to judge our practice and to accept failure at times, which was a refreshing change from so many other MBA courses. (Sean Cahill, MBA student, fall 2016)
The course has helped me to discover my potential for great leadership. Through the meditation practice, I have become more level-headed, which has allowed me to exercise better judgment, proceed with greater perspective, and not panic when projects stray from their intended path. I am able to better handle what is thrown at me, and everything is less dramatic that way. Meditation has leveled my head and my emotional management for the better. I have a greater sense of clarity. My values are clear to me. I know exactly what I want out of the MBA program, and I have redirected my focus on making it happen. This module and this course have been invaluable to me. I have reached a greater level of self-knowledge, self-understanding, and even self-love. I recognize mistakes I have made in the past and have come to accept the things I once called regrets as learning experiences that I cannot change. (Tahira Taylor, MBA student, fall 2016)
This is one of the most meaningful courses I have taken at the B school. The course has taught me about the art and science of meditation and how meditation can help me ground my identity and lead from the center as I work my way up any organization as a leader. I would say this course is a must for everyone, as it simply teaches you the art of living a more meaningful life in your own way. (Shanthala Ashwath)
Meditation and Leadership is one of the most enjoyable and insightful courses I have taken thus far at Georgetown. Bertrand and Laurence are able to teach the material in a way that is compelling, patient, and humorous, which is ideal for students new to the practice of meditation. The class also featured several interesting speakers who were excited to share their experiences with meditation throughout the course of their lives and careers. Overall, I believe that anyone, whether a student or a working professional, would benefit from taking this class. (Moonsareen Ahsan)
It was way back in 2012 when we had our first meeting with Bishop Ken Richards, Bishop of Antigua and Barbuda. His diocese includes the English speaking Islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla and British Virgin Islands — all small territories involving much inter-island travel.
He was anxious to have Christian Mediation as part of the prayer life of the children of these islands, and in February 2016 we had the privilege of sharing this “gift” with the children of Antigua— like the other Caribbean Islands, not a large population but a welcoming one.
The Bishop gave his blessing to our visit and put us in touch with Fr. Frank Power who arranged our visits to two schools in St. John’s, the capital city. There was little explanation needed at our first meeting with him on February 8th. He was Irish and had met Fr. Laurence in Ireland, and knew about Fr .John Main and Christian Meditation, so we were speaking to the converted!
First stop on 9th was Christ the King High School, a Catholic Secondary Girls’ School. Fr. Frank met us here and introduced us to the Principal, Mrs. Pat Collins, and Family Life Teacher, Noleen Azille, who accompanied us to the classes.
Sessions were done with 50 girls from the Twos and Threes (13-16 year olds) and the results were as always: the girls easily slipped into the silence, and at the end of the session the feedback was much the same: “I felt peaceful and relaxed,” “It was good,” “I was close to God,” “I would like to do this at home.”
When we got back to the Principal’s office and she asked about the session, we told her to ask the teacher who was with us, and she said she was amazed at the positive response and in particular at one girl who had a lot of issues and was always in the Principal’s office — that child was the most attentive and the most involved. Her remark: “If this can happen to that child, there must be something in it!”
On Thursday the 11th we spent the morning at the St. John’s RC Primary School where we did sessions with 60 of the grades 4’s, 5’s and 6’s. We were warmly welcomed by the Principal, Mr. George Imhoff, and participated in the morning assembly. Then to the “Religion Room” where the Religion Teacher, Mrs. Sylvia Christian, explained that she was responsible for religious education in these classes. She was happy to sit and meditate with the children and promised to use this Prayer of the Heart at the beginning of her classes with the children.
We ended our visit by introducing meditation to our hosts in Antigua and left feeling that, even though the visit was short, we were able to share the “gift” of meditation, especially with the children of Antigua. We are grateful to Bishop Ken Richards and Fr. Frank Power for making this possible.
The “Christian Meditation, Journey from the mind to the heart: development in Schools” seminar was held at Tucumán Province (Northwest Argentina) from 10 to 12th February, led by Marina Müller — School Coordinator for Argentina & South America. The activities included meditation sessions, talks on the Essential Teaching and Meditation & Education by Marina. There were also moments for group discussions.
The group had 61 participants from eight schools that are part of the congregation “Hermanas Dominicas del Santo Nombre de Jesús.” They came from the many provinces: Tucumán, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero and Buenos Aires.
The main goals of the meeting were:
- To communicate and share the teaching and practice of Christian Meditation as taught by John Main;
- To create strategy and resources to implement Christian Meditation in schools, for students, teachers, catechists and staff. The idea is also to extend meditation to the families of students and a broader community.