Learning how to meditate
The Janssen Centre offers a number of opportunities to learn how to meditate and to nurture you in your meditative practice. The Centre currently offers the following meditation programmes: three Centering Prayer Groups, a Thomas Merton Contemplative Living Program, Christian Yoga Meditation Classes. New programmes will be offered in 2015, including, Centering Prayer Retreat Days, Satsang Contemplative Prayer Groups, Sessions on 'The Cloud of Unknowing', etc.
How to Meditate
Learning how to meditate is as easy as breathing slowly and deeply. One begins by relaxing and focusing on the breath You may already know that meditation can help improve the quality of your life.
It is highly recommended that one meditate with others whenever one has the opportunity. More on what groups may be available near you in just a minute.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your meditation time.
Find a time when you will not be disturbed by family or friends. Sit upright in a straight-back chair.
Relax your body, especially your facial muscles, close your eyes gently and allow your face to relax into a half smile.
Be aware of your breathing, follow your breath as you inhale and exhale slowly and deeply.
Choose a word or symbol which expresses your intention to consent to God's presence and action in your life.
Recite the sacred word gently as you breath.
Whenever your mind begins to wonder, return to the sacred word as you re-center yourself.
Continue your meditation for approximately 20 minutes, or longer if you feel so inclined.
At the end of your meditation period, sit in silence for a few minutes.
Centering Prayer Meditation Groups at the Janssen Centre
We recommend a form of meditation known as 'Centering Prayer', as promoted by Fr Thomas Keating, an internationally renowned Trappist monk who has encouraged Centering Prayer Meditation Groups around the world.
Numerous opportunities exist to learn to meditate with others.
Meditating in a group can help you deepen your practice. There are three Centering Prayer Groups at the Janssen Centre:
Group 1 meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 8pm
Group 2 meets every other Tuesday of the month at 10am
Read More>> about Centering Prayer in Australia
Other Centering Prayer Meditation Groups around Melbourne:
4. St Mary's Church, 160 Foster St, Dandenong 3175; 4th Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm; Contact: Sr Margaret Fields OP Tel BH: 9791 4611 AH 9590 0991
5. Pallotti College, 80 McNamara Rd, Milgrove; Every Wednesday Evening at 7.30pm; Contact: Fr Michael Mifsud Tel: 5966 2049.
If you are from a state other than Victoria, a list of contact names is available on another page on this website. Click here to Read More>>
Thomas Merton Bridges to Contemplative Living:
Centering Meditation is also a feature of the 'Thomas Merton Bridges to Contemplative Living Programme' which meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.
The Merton Bridges Programme exists to awaken interest in contemplative living through studying and reflecting upon the writings of Thomas Merton. The Bridges Group reflects on Merton's writings in a prayerful manner, similar to lectio divina.
New participants are welcome at any time. READ MORE>>
Yoga and Healing Life's Hurts through Meditation on Jesus
These one-hour sessions, to be led by Fr Gilbert Carlo SVD, focus on gentle yogic postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation. (Donation Welcome) Read More>>