WHAT IS THE WCCM?
As a global spiritual community The World Community for Christian Meditation took form in 1991. But it continues in the 30 year long work begun by the Benedictine monk, John Main. His legacy is found in his teaching of Christian meditation as part of the great work of our time of restoring the contemplative dimension of Christian faith in the life of all churches.
“The urgency of our day is to find our way back to the pilgrimage of prayer and to lead others onto it. It’s goal is the person of The Lord Jesus fully alive in our hearts and in the hearts of all people” John Main, OSB (1926 - 1982)
The Community is now directed by Laurence Freeman, OSB, a student of John Main (1926 - 1982), a Benedictine monk of the Olivetan Congregation. We have our International Center and a Meditation Retreat center in London, UK and Bonnevaux, France.There are also many other Centers in other parts of the world that you are welcome to contact or visit.
"At some point along the journey we begin to understand that meditation is teaching us the most important of all lessons: how to love and be loved.” Laurence Freeman. OSB, The Light Within
In all of our EVENTS, we are ecumenical and strive to welcome all who are searching for a contemplative spirituality that is deeply rooted in the Christian tradition and relevant to life today!
MEDITATION TIMES AT THE CASA ARE: 11:30AM TO 1:00 WEDNESDAYS AND 5:00PM TO 6:00PM FRIDAY
You will find us at the rear of the Eastside Parking Lot. Spiritual Directors and Cornerstone is the sign on the door.
How To Meditate
SILENCE, STILLNESS, ATTENTION TO A SACRED WORD
Choose a quiet place.
- Sit down comfortably, with your back straight.
- Close your eyes lightly.
- Sit as still as possible.
- Breathe deeply, staying both relaxed and alert.
- Slowly and interiorly, begin to say your mantra or prayer word. Listen to the word as you say it.
- Continue repeating it gently and faithfully for the whole time of the meditation.
- Return to it as soon as you realize you have stopped saying it.
- Stay with the same word during the meditation and from day to day.
John Main taught that meditation is as natural to the spirit as breathing is to the body. While meditation is common to many religious traditions around the world, the method or practice may differ. The discipline as taught by John Main is approached for twenty to thirty minutes twice daily. Rather than a “technique”, it is a “discipline” which is transformative!