John Main On Meditation

I quote here from the book ….Silence and Stillness In every Season. Daily readings with John Main. He is a Benedictine Monk who writes on meditation, drawing on the ancient biblical wisdom, the Ancient Christian Desert Fathers and the Hindu Upanishads.

John Main says

“We are called to tread this inner pilgrimage. Rooting our life in the spiritual reality is part of the plan of salvation-the meaning of the universe………Our task is simply to get on to the wavelength of this achievement……

Putting ourselves into harmony with Him is the work of the mantra. The mantra is a tuning device, a harmonic to help us resonate with Jesus. By its means we are enabled, ….to let ourselves be built as living stones into a spiritual temple. By our commitment to meditation daily we take this option. …….Reality does not exist outside of us, or even inside of us. It is in the heart where all dualities are resolved and there is simply God, perfect wholeness.  ” (page 309)

And further

“In meditating we learn to be more and more sensitive to God’s presence which we now apprehend not as something external to us, but as something interior, something which grounds us by the roots. We go on to live in His presence with absolute confidence and with a growing sense of certainty that He is the rock, the foundation, on which we are securely founded. God is the ground of our being in which we are eternally rooted.”

Whatever you faith or belief system you can practice meditation and it can change your life. Sometimes the changes are imperceptible but other times very obvious. Calmness, less reactivity, ability to let go, feeling more centred, less judgmental are just some of the outcomes…..but most of us don’t do it to achieve anything, we do it to be with the Divinity of our understanding and in that presence we are healed.

Meditation is a discipline, a practice in letting go and letting God. It is a time when we let go of our ego requirements such as greed, power, possessions, control etc which have been where we have falsely placed our identity and moves us into our true reality.

So to meditate, just sit, with good posture, quietly in a chair. Close your eyes. You don’t have to but you can do a check through your body to see if there are any places of tension..and if so do a brief stretch to release. Begin to become aware of your breath, in and out, gently. A few slow deep breaths in and out, can also really help to commence a relaxed feeling.  Now just gently introduce your mantra. The mantra is usually a four syllabic word or expression eg “Maranatha” “Peace be present” or some use repetitions like “Jesus my Lord” or “Ohm” Choose what you are comfortable with and begin repeatedly saying this word/phrase and when you realize that you are no longer saying it but thinking about something just gently return to saying it. One must not judge whether you succeed because you won’t, you will always find yourself returning to a monkey mind state(thinking about yesterday or tomorrow). It’s not about performance success, it’s about the commitment/discipline of the practice of forgoing egocentric thought patterns for a presence to and with your God. Each time you notice you have stopped the mantra just return to it and as the thoughts come and they will, just don’t emotionally attach to them, keep saying your mantra and watch the thoughts float by as if they were a leaf on a river, just passing and you not reaching out for it. Happy meditating and would love to hear from any of you about your experience of meditation. Live well, Leanne


Gondolas like thoughts floating by

Like the quietness of a country morning

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17 Responses to John Main On Meditation

  1. Meditation should be universally practiced in my opinion. This is a common practice in Israel by Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Druze citizens. There are several groups just in my community.

    • Thanks Earl for reading and commenting and that is the wonderful truth about meditation…it is practiced across so many faiths, many of the texts have been in my reading on meditation…Buddhism is one I have read…and love that the faiths all ending up talking very similar truths. Regards Leanne

  2. Thank you for the valuable reminder that meditation is a discipline. As the word implies, cultivation only comes through repetition. I am only more recently meditating with some regularity because of a 21-day challenge on Deepak Chopra’s website which provided a 15 minute audio instruction daily for motivation. It was a great incentive to give myself the centering time each day to create Peace through coming into stillness and realigning to openness. Thank you for sharing all of this. It is good to let go and let God!

    • Hello Katrina, so appreciate your comment and very happy to hear of you taking that personal challenge of deepaks. I am an avid supporter of your hopes and dreams with acting so I hope that thru maditation you come to experience deeper self and truths which you can then bring to your career. At the very least there will be a centredness about you that will make you stand out against others of your age. Thanks heaps Leanne

  3. mobius faith says:

    Wonderful thoughts. Meditation is a fantastic practice. I wish more people discovered it’s benefits.

    • Hi Mobius Faith….thanks for visiting again and taking time to comment. It is very appreciated. I love meditation, wish I did it more often but again I have learned to let go of even that and accept with peace what amount I do. I have found it to be extemely healing (even though I enter the space without a goal) .Thanks Leanne

  4. dilipnaidu says:

    Lovely and inspiring thoughts on meditation. Yes sitting with eyes closed in meditation is the most beautiful way of meditation and most people do it. Some masters have said that we should be mindful and aware in everything we do – walking, observing or swimming and so on. This is also one form of meditation. Thanks.

  5. My perceptions of you being a very busy lady just flew out the window! What an inspiration you are and I am so grateful that you use your skills to share your innermost thoughts. Thank you so much, I look forward to reading your blogs. Maria

  6. In the middle of a busy world, that inner stillness is so precious… it’s a pity they don’t teach it in schools, or have it instead of assembly and hymns! Thank you for this lovely post Leanne

    • Hi Valerie, in Australia, in the Catholic School System they are now teaching meditation. For the very young its around two minutes but the general rule is minutes per age…so 5 yr olds no more than 5 minutes. It’s been very successful. I agree that to get rid of hymns for meditational practice would be far more beneficial and to the point. PS Loving your book xxx

  7. atranquilplace says:

    Very interesting….

  8. Daniela says:

    This is very beautiful and meditation is very powerful and healing practice.

    Thank you,

    • Hello Daniela, thanks so much for the time you took to read and respond. I believe meditation may be one way to move the world towards a more peaceful existence as people learn one by one to overcome and let go of thoughts which are destructive and negative.Regards Leanne

  9. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

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