So much has been said about meditation. It is found at the core of most religions as a practice of body, mind and spirit. Benedictine monk John Main revived meditation in the Christian tradition that goes back to the first Christian monks, the Desert Fathers and Mothers from Egypt, in the early third century AD.This practice consists of sitting down and still with the back straight and eyes lightly closed. Then interiorly, silently and continuously we recite a prayer word or mantra in the morning and evening for at least 20 minutes, ’emptying’ ourselves from all forms of thinking.
I’ve been practising Christian meditation for three years. In 2012 I had a nervous breakdown trying to fit in a job and career unsuitable for who I am. It was a crisis of vocation but also of self-knowledge and acceptance. Since then meditation has been my ‘spade’ to dig out and get rid of the ego. Through my daily practice I can now ‘anchor’ myself into the present. The only thing that matters is to let go of thoughts, worries and self-talk by giving full attention to a prayer word or mantra whilst repeating it in silence, stillness and simplicity. Silence in letting go all thoughts. Stillness in being physically static, and simplicity by not self-analysing whilst repeating the prayer word or mantra. I say ‘maranatha’ from Aramaic – the language spoken by Jesus. It means ‘Come Lord’. St Paul says it in the First Letter to the Corinthians (16:22).
In meditation to have a pure of heart means to be detached from all selfish intentions, guilty and criticism. In meditation we displace ourselves from the ego. For me it is the way to live in the present and to become pure of heart.
“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” Matthew 5:3-06