11th Step Weekly Readings

11th Step Practice - Weekly Readings 11/07/2013

We invite you to reflect on the readings and how they may resonate in your journey of a spiritual awakening in the 12 steps of recovery, and in particular 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.” 

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Christian Meditation as an 11th Step Practice - The Door to Silence - Fr. John Main OSB

We invite you to reflect on the readings and how they may resonate in your journey of a spiritual awakening in the 12 steps of recovery, and in particular 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.” 

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Christian Meditation as an 11th Step Practice - Hunger for Depth and Meaning - Leaving the Ego Behind - John Main OSB

We invite you to reflect on the readings and how they may resonate in your journey of a spiritual awakening in the 12 steps of recovery, and in particular 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.” 

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Christian Meditation as an 11th Step Practice - From Anxiety to Peace, Fr. John Main OSB

We invite you to reflect on the readings and how they may resonate in your journey of a spiritual awakening in the 12 steps of recovery, and in particular 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.” 

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Christian Meditation as an 11th Step Practice - The Way of Unknowing, Fr. John Main, OSB

We invite you to reflect on the readings and how they may resonate in your journey of a spiritual awakening in the 12 steps of recovery, and in particular 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.” 

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THE FRUITS OF MEDITATION Christian Meditation Your Daily Practice Fr. Laurence Freeman OS

Meditation is not about getting into altered states of consciousness or seeing and experience anything out of the ordinary. It is about entering more fully into the ordinary and discovering thereby the absolute wonder of it, the presence of God: that the ordinary is shot through with the extraordinary.

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Stages of the Journey Christian Meditation Your Daily Practice Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB

Jesus said he knew where he came from and where he was going.  Prayer is a journey into self-knowledge. 

As we gradually unhook from our selfish self-centeredness and egotism, we grow in the knowledge of who we truly are. In every journey there are stages, even though, because it is a spiritual journey, we cannot measure them.

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The Present Moment - Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB

In meditation we stop thinking of the past and future and learn to live fully in the present moment. Unfortunately, God often seems absent to us because we are not in the here and now.

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The Practice - Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB

Meditation is experiential. That is it is a way of experience, rather than a theory or of thought at all.

Meditation is an incarnate way of prayer.  The body is not a barrier between us and God. It is the sacrament of the gift of being which God has given us by creating us.

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Time is sacred

There is a sentence in Father John’s teaching on the mantra which gives a valuable insight into the journey we are making. It is a very simple sentence. “If you chop and change your mantra you are postponing your progress in meditation.”

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