How to Meditate

Sit down. Sit still with your back straight. Close your eyes lightly. Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra. We recommend the ancient Christian prayer-word “Maranatha”. Say it as four equal syllables. Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and  – above all – simply.
 
The essence of meditation is simplicity. Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and in each meditation day to day. Don’t visualise but listen to the word, as you say it. Let go of all thoughts (even good thoughts), images and other words. Don’t fight your distractions: let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it as soon as you realise you have stopped saying or it or when your attention wanders.
 
Meditate twice a day, morning and evening, for between 20 and 30 minutes. It may take a time to develop this discipline and the support of a tradition and community is always helpful. 

Meditate with us

In-Person Meditation from 6 September
Monday-Friday, 1-1:30pm UK Time

Live Virtual Meditation
Wednesdays, 1-1:30pm UK Time

All faiths and lineages welcome. To keep a strong bond with our community we offer this free daily in-person meditation and weekly virtual meditation. 

Courses to start your journey

The following courses are free offerings through our parent organization the WCCM and are part of our online member portal. To join our online member portal, click here or click one of the courses below. 

A 3-part mini-course showing you the basics of how to start your meditation journey

A 3-part course that teaches you practical tools to help build a lasting meditation habit

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