Meditatio: Meditation as an 11th Step Practice

Meditation begins with a call awakening us from the coma of self- preoccupation. We are called, we are chosen. Meditation is our response to that call from the deepest center of awakened consciousness. By letting go in meditation we learn how to love (Moment of Christ - John Main )
We are a group of men and women from 12-step programs, following the teachings of John Main and The World Community for Christian Meditation. We are not a replacement for, nor are we affiliated with, any 12-step program of recovery.  We are here to share this ancient path of contemplative prayer as a way to practice the 11th Step:
 
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
 
Step 11 of the 12 Step Programs:
'Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless. The moment we catch even a glimpse of God’s will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, and love as the real and eternal things in life, we are no longer deeply disturbed by all the seeming evidence to the contrary that surrounds us in purely human affairs. We know that when we turn to Him, all will be well with us, here and hereafter.'
 
12 Steps 12 Traditions
This programme helps people in 12 Step recovery to connect with a support system for meditation. We honor the traditions of 12 Step recovery. Anonymity, the spiritual foundation of our recovery, reminds us to put principles before personalities. We, therefore, maintain anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, and digital media, such as the Internet. We value the principle of attraction rather than promotion in sharing this programme. If you would like more information or would like to present an introductory workshop for Christian Meditation As An 11th Step Practice we will be happy to help:
 
 
 
 
Guidelines for a Group

 
It is important to have a basic understanding of The Essential Teaching of Christian Meditation and the guidelines for How to Start A Group. This will be the foundation for your group. 
“Meditation begins with a call that awakens us out of the coma of self-preoccupation. We are called, we are chosen. Meditation is our response to that call from the deepest center of our awakened consciousness...by letting go in meditation we learn how to love.”
John Main OSB 
Suggested Format 
Welcome – (cell phone reminder) 

Moment of silence . . .” room to breathe room to be” 

Invite someone to read the Mission Statement: 

We are a group of men and women from 12 step programs, following the teachings of John Main and the World Community for Christian Meditation. We are not a replacement for, nor are we affiliated with, any 12-step program of recovery. We are here to share this ancient path of contemplative prayer as a way to practice the 11th Step: 
Step 11 - “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out." 
How To Meditate – In your own words or the CD (If newcomers are present briefly go over the format of the evening) 

Reading from the 11th Step or other AA Literature that relates to the weeks teaching. 

“Example: “Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no 
boundaries, either of width or height. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each of us works out in his own way. But its object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love.” 12x12 p101 

Opening prayer - together (Found online, written by Fr. John Main) 

CD20 minute Meditation – 

Lord’s Prayer 

Pass out the Teaching of the Week (Light Within example) 

Faith sharing. This is a brief time of identifying with the readings in relation to our journey of a spiritual awakening in the practice of Step 11 

Announcements – includes suggestion for donation to cover expenses and support of WCCM 

Mystery of Love Music CD 

Closing Prayer - together (Found online, written by Fr. Laurence Freeman) 
 
Groups & Contacts
 
Monday Morning   10:30am – 11:30am    
St. John of the Cross Parish Center
5005 South Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
USA
Directions here
Contact Janet - 708-246-4866 jccadc@sbcglobal.net
 
Wednesday Evening 7pm-8:15pm
The World Community for Christian Meditation
Neptune Beach Center
1112 Third Street Suite #9
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
USA
Directions here
Contacts: 904-241-4738 or 904 3529970 or  email
 
Thursday Afternoon  1pm-2pm 
 Council on Alcohol & Drugs, 
303 Jackson Hill Street, Houston, TX 77007
USA
Contact:  here   phone:  713-9424100 or 714 5165812 
 
Wednesday  7pm 
Kairos centre, Mount Angelus Road, Roehampton
UK
Directions here
Contact:   here  
 
 
 
 

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