Like a pendulum


Listen to Fr John as he describes the stages of sounding the mantra in our hearts. He says:

This could be described as like pushing a pendulum that needs only a slight stimulus to set it swinging in a calm and steady rhythm.

So we could say here we move into this rhythm of calm and steady ticking almost of the mantra, like a pendulum, in a rhythm. It is at this moment Fr John says that our meditation is really beginning. We are really beginning to concentrate away from ourselves. Because from now on, instead of either saying, or sounding the mantra, we begin to listen to it, wrapped in ever deepening attention.

The Art of Waiting by Laurence Freeman OSB 

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