This is our 48th week of On-Line Meditation.
From next Thursday the 11th March we can meet face-to-face, without masks in the Malone Room. Of course, God forbid if restrictions are tightened we’ll revert to this on-line communication. But for now I certainly look forward to meditating with the group. Remember to sign-in either by the QR Code Scanner or on the sheet we will provide.
For those people who have been part of our on-line community but cannot attend live, thank you for your presence. We will continue to provide an audio file each Thursday for the Carmelite Centre website but there will be no automatic email to you home address. I do hope that for those who can’t join us that you can find a meditation group in your area.
Don’t forget to take a look at the Carmelite Centre offerings, some of which might be of interest. Go to www.thecarmelitecentremelbourne.org
Meditation is a practice we adopt to help us return to our essential, true nature.
Some of you would call this prayer, others a technique. In both instances it is a practice.
By meditating faithfully we are training ourselves in how to respond to everything in life from our basic core of essential goodness. By meditating regularly we relinquish illusions, fantasies and distractions that cause chaos in our lives; we are learning to ‘let go’ of those emotional responses that keep us stuck.
Regular, faithful practice is a tool that helps us cast off the messy conditioning and by doing so we find our true selves buried beneath the mess. This is the real you!
Everything is flawed including each one of us. Don’t expect perfection even if you meditate half-a-dozen times a day. Yet in the midst of our imperfection meditation can lead us to acceptance and acceptance to understanding and understanding to becoming our real selves.
And now let’s meditate in the way we are accustomed. You may wish to dedicate this meditation practice to those affected by the pandemic or you might have some other worthy intention. We do this to remind ourselves that we meditate not only for ourselves but also for the benefit of others.
(Meditate for up to 20 minutes.)
As we go about our daily activities I hope that by our attention, our awareness in the present, our wakefulness ….we will find joy in the midst of the losses brought about during these challenging days.. And for those who can make it, I look forward to seeing you at 7pm in the Malone Room in Richardson St. next Thursday.