Online Morning Meditation on Tuesdays, 745am-830am
This new group on Tuesdays offer a supportive environment to deepen and extend your meditation practice in the company of fellow spiritual pilgrims.
Over the next few months our focus will be compassion practices. Compassion is at the heart of the Christian, Buddhist and many other spiritual traditions.
“Be compassionate as God is compassionate“, Gospel of Luke (6:36)
The compassion practice will be followed by a poetic text reflecting on an aspect of meditation. We are using the beautifully written ‘Inviting Silence, Universal Principles of Meditation’ by Gunilla Norris, as our resource. We close with a space for brief sharing about the practice for those who wish.
Our online meditations are hosted on the Zoom platform. The Zoom room is open from 7.35am. We ask that you arrive at 7.35am if this is your first time of joining the group so we can say hello, welcome you and answer any questions you have. The weekly sessions are offered for free.
Please note we will be on a summer break for a month. Our last meditation will be Tuesday 17 August and we will resume on Tuesday 21 September.
Online Morning Meditation on Saturdays, 8am-9am
The Saturday group includes a series of gently guided meditations during the first 30 minutes, including a Gratitude Practice and an inspiring poem. We introduce each practice.
The second 30 minutes is an ancient form of contemplative practice called Lectio Divina, meaning sacred reading. The invitation of Lectio Divina is to cultivate a heart-centred intimacy with the sacred text of the Bible, listening deeply with what St Benedict called “the ears of the heart”. In 2021 we will be reading the Gospel of John from beginning to end, exploring a few verses each week. This is a rich and illuminating way to explore the wisdom found in the Bible.
No prior experience of meditation, the Bible or Lectio Divina is necessary to participate in this group. This is an open group and all who are attracted by this kind of spiritual practice are welcome.
The meeting room will be open from 7.50am. We ask that you arrive at 7.50am if this is your first time of joining the group so we can say hello, welcome you and answer any questions you have.
Please feel free to stay on after the meditation for conversation and shared breakfast. This is entirely optional and for many people is a valued community element of the Centre for Spirituality. We take a five minute break at 9am to get a drink and/or something to eat and then re-gather online for reflection on the practice.
The weekly sessions are offered for free. A couple of times each year we invite donations to cover the overhead costs of running the Centre. Our economic circumstances vary and we want our meditations to be open to all so we invite you at that time to give as your circumstances allow.
Please note we will be on a summer break for a month. Our last meditation will be Saturday 21 August and we will resume on Saturday 25 September.
Sign up on MeetUp to access the zoom link for either meditation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org