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Meditators' Blog 2/2/2012

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DESERT HERMITS IN HIGH RISE APARTMENTS by Paul Harris

In the New and Old Testaments the desert has always had a special meaning and role for those on the spiritual path. It has always been a place where spiritual seekers retreated to find solitude, silence, stillness and closeness to God. The angels ministered to Jesus in the desert, St Paul spent time in the desert, and in the 3rd and 4th century men and women flocked to the deserts of Egypt to become hermits and live in monastic communities.

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Meditators' Blog 3/1/2012

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BEYOND OBEDIENCE from a letter to a Novice preparing for final Oblation - by Jim Green

A few more thoughts on Obedience. I'm not sure that they will amount to a coherent apologia, but we have to leave something for faith and hope to do, don't we?

First of all, I think the distinction between Power and Authority is absolutely key. We are all wielders of power, from Stalin and Gaddafi to somebody who is 'accidentally' more powerful in an intimate relationship than his/her partner. By the same token we are all victims of, or - at best - affected by, power.

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Meditators' Blog 15/12/2011

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Christmas – the experience of inner joy by Christopher Mendonca

The purpose of religious narratives in the Scriptures is not so much to be historical as to provide us with starting points for our own spiritual journey. It is with this in mind that we might not only read the scriptures to gain insights for ourselves, but rather allow ourselves to be read by them.

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Meditators' Blog 28/11/2011

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MISTAKEN FOR GOD by Jim Green

A wise man once said to me, after I’d shared some ongoing agony about my romantic relationship, that, “…hmm, it’s possible you’ve mistaken your girlfriend for God”.

This stopped me in my tracks. I’ve often returned to the mystery of that utterance, with much heart-scratching and head-searching, over the years since it was made.

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Meditators' Blog 9/11/2011

ON STARTING A GROUP  by Paul Harris

Twenty two years ago (1989), on a park bench in London, I mentioned to Laurence Freeman that I was thinking of starting my first meditation group in Ottawa, Canada.

He surprised me with a question: “Who do you think is going to profit most from starting your new group?”

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Meditators' Blog 27/10/2011

Marriage and Monastic Oblation: Twelve Steps of Humility  by Stefan Reynolds

“Are you still reading that book?” My fiancé asked me after she had seen ‘The Rule of St. Benedict’ travel with me on various journeys. I had to try to explain to her that it was one of those books which one never finishes. I became an Oblate in 1996.

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Meditators' Blog 19/10/2011

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THE SILENCE IS REST by Jim Green

I saw an advertisement on the back of a bus in Norwich the other day. It read: “Sunday – day of rest”. But the word ‘rest’ had been gleefully crossed out in red by the ad’s designer and – also in red – had been replaced by an excitedly scrawled ‘Shopping!!!’.

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Meditators' Blog 10/10/2011

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Three Guides Along the Way (Plus One): Merton, Main, Freeman (and Charlotte) 
by Greg Ryan

This morning, our weekly meditation group help a three-hour introductory session on Christian meditation. We hold these every couple of years and always have a good group show up. Today was no exception. We focused on meditation in these troubled times, on Christ as the Source of all Peace and on meditation as a way to grow in that awareness.

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Meditators' Blog 07/10/2011

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So long Steve by Adriano Massi

Steve Jobs is dead. This might  seem something pretty unrelated to Christian Meditation even if it's something sad to hear in itself. But if you think about all our web resources, our websites, our newsletters, nearly everything; you should know that most of it all has been created using Apple hardware.

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Meditators' Blog 03/10/2011

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The Ever-Changing Wilderness by James Bishop

“Hold on,” I barely aspirated to my friend. I hadn't realized until now the sad state of my physical well-being. I had made this climb before, over twelve years before, and it hadn't been a problem. I had even been heavier then. Now, I was having trouble making it half-way up the hill.

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