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Heart of Creation: Meditation - A Way of Setting God Free in the World by [Lawrence Freeman]
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JOHN MAIN became a Benedictine monk after diplomatic service in the Far East, and teaching law at Trinity College, Dublin. He founded an open Benedictine community in Montreal from which sprang the World Community for Christian Meditation, a worldwide spiritual family linked through the daily practice of meditation, operating in 114 countries and with 100,000 members worldwide.

Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk who followed John Main osb as director of the World Community of Christian Meditation, a worldwide spiritual family united in the practice of daily prayer, with over 110,000 members in more than 100 countries.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press (12 Mar. 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070YDC5O
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An incredibly inspiring book. John Main, a Benedictine monk, takes us back to the practice of the desert fathers and mothers who closed the door and sat in quiet meditation / contemplation in the presence of God. We are encouraged to find the Kingdom of God within by quietly sitting for 20 mins every morning and evening focusing on one word to calm the mind and allow ourselves to connect with the ground of our being. It is about learning to be still and listening within. To be still and to be. By being still and learning more about ourselves and thereby losing ourselves we are better able to act in the world in accordance to the divine will.

'Be Still and know that I am God' it says in the Bible. This daily practice is the experiential way of doing just that.

Main suggests that the regular practice of sitting in silence is key because it is by experience rather than by theory that we can touch the grounding of infinite love that is at the depth of our very being and begin to move into becoming who we truly are away from the conditioning of the social structures around us.

Words often confuse and complicate. It is through silent prayer focusing on one word which means 'Lord, come' that we can touch the infinite. This form of silent prayer avoids verbiage and imagery and thus cleanses, clarifies, calms and refreshes the spirit. This stilling is so necessary in our busy, ever frenetic world full of beckoning images and doings.

Main proposes that if we disciplined ourselves to stick to this practice twice a day we would get closer to the heart of creation and set God free in the world.
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This is a superb book! John Main offers another invaluable contribution to contemporary spirituality with this volume. The Heart of Creation is a work of wisdom, compassion, and brilliant simplicity.

Numerous scientific studies provide evidence for the benefits of meditation as a physical and mental discipline - reduction of stress, lowering of blood pressure, strengthening of the immune system, etc. However, for the Christian who takes up the practice of mediation, the journey has an even deeper significance: for, in meditation, we come to realize that the "cosmic power which has driven back our own egotistical darkness, this power of triumphant love, is to be found in our own hearts."

With a keen understanding of the Christian mysteries, coupled with a transcendent vision of human potential, John Main offers a much needed breath of fresh air. I daresay his work will be as practical and relevant a hundred years from now as it is today. The Church and the world should be grateful to John Main. This book is a gift and a treasure, and well worth your attention, no matter what faith you follow or do not follow. It may very well change your life forever.
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I have heard many people, whom I respect, rave about this author so I thought it was about time that I gave him a go.

This book is a collection of his talks after he died by one of his disciples. There is a lot of repetition because of this. Then again, some things need to be heard more than once before they sink in.

The basic message is that we should meditate from between twenty to thirty minutes each morning and evening. That is because even an expert violinist like Yehudi Menuin practices four hours daily. While I have been able to fit in time for this when I was working to a busy schedule, I can't help thinking that it's a counsel for perfection, especially if you have a family as well as a full-time job and I wonder if all Christians are called to this. There are many other styles of prayer. For example, Franciscan, sensing spirituality might prescribe a walk in the woods, savouring the colours and smells. But this author would not count that as meditation. Rather, he says that his mantra-using-meditation might, as a biproduct, produce a fresh awareness of nature.

The other `bottom line' is that one should use a mantra: 'No one can be a follower of mine unless he leaves self behind'. In saying your mantra you have to let go of your own thoughts, your own theories and ideas, your imagination, fears and daydreams, and simply be there, listening to the sound of the mantra.

OK, I've done that in the past, usually while swimming rather than when sitting still.

I agreed with: Meditation is practised in solitude but it is the great way to learn to be in relationship.
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If you are interested in meditation, you will love this book.
John Main has a very simple and helpful way of explaining how to meditate and why.
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