Meditation has been a part of Christian practice since the time of the Desert Fathers in the 4th century. For centuries it was associated primarily with the monastic tradition, with little crossover into the daily lives of everyday people. This began to change in the mid-twentieth century, with a re-surgence of interest in the Christian mystical tradition coupled with a new awareness that meditation was of benefit to everyone.
Christian Meditation is a prayer of the heart. It involves the silent repetition of a single word or phrase (the mantra). The continual gentle repetition of the mantra leads to an experience of silence, stillness, and simplicity. This ancient form of prayer was recovered by Benedictine monk John Main who taught it until he died in 1982.
St Peter’s mediation group meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. from September – May.