What will happen when you come to your first meeting for contemplative meditation?
Try to arrive five or ten minutes early to find the sentence displayed. Come in quietly, remembering “Making Space for Stillness”. As you choose a chair and sit comfortably, your aim is to be expectant and alert, but relaxed. Begin to familiarise yourself with the sentence. Close your eyes.
Remember that you share a common purpose with the people around you, this makes meditating together easier than on our own as individuals.
Often, before the meditation begins, the reader will ask for the names of three or four people who are “laid upon our hearts”, as the Quakers say. These names will be “dropped” into the final silence, as described in “Meditating for and with Others”.
The papers that guide our meditation are in three sections. After each, there will be a period of silence. In each silence, we repeat the sentence in our minds until we no longer need it. Sometimes the sentence is distilled into a single phrase or the Word of Life. Then the supporting words fade away and we rest in the light of God’s presence. Meetings last no more than forty–five minutes.
The method is simple, but not easy, and needs regular practice. When we use the sentences in our meditation at home, we repeat the sentence for as long as seems helpful. Five minutes will be enough to begin with. Repeat your sentence again and again, whenever opportunity for stillness occurs.
Meetings of the Dorchester branch held at 8 Prince of Wales Road;
- First Sunday of the month 5.00pm - 5.30pm - short Christian meditation
- Second Monday of the month 3.00pm - 3.45pm - Christian meditation and a study group
- Third Wednesday of the month 7.30pm - 8.15pm - Christian meditation
Fourth Monday of the month 3.00pm - 3.45pm - Christian meditation.
We hold regular meetings across the UK
Somerset, Gloucester & Bristol - meetings held in Bath/Corsham; Keynsham; Bristol (Seamills); Chipping Sodbury & Taunton
Keynsham meetings are held in Keynsham Methodist Church within the 'Hub' on the last Tuesday of every month (except for bank holidays) from 8.00pm
Taunton meetings are held on the first Friday of every month (except August) from 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start
Othona meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month from 2.30pm - 3.30pm. None are held in August.
Winton meetings are held in St Lukes Church, Winton on the second Wednesday of every month. There is an additional evening meeting held every second Tuesday at 7.30pm - venue to be confirmed
Cerne Abbas meetings are held every Wednesday from 2.30pm
Hampshire & Wiltshire
Nether Wallop, Stockbridge meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00am - 12 noon
Meetings are held at St Martins Church, Trafalgar Square in the Dick Shepherd Chapel (next to the cafe) at 6.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month
Hertfordshire, Essex and Buckinghamshire
Welwyn meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 11.15am
Grimsby meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 2.00pm
Nottingham meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every month from 10.15am
West Midlands and Shropshire
Selly Oak meetings are held on the first Friday of every month at 10.00am
Meetings are held in Leeds; Knaresborough & Leyland
Leyland meetings are held on the first Monday of every month (except for bank holidays) at 2.00pm
Meetings are held in Greenock; Largs; Paisley & Ardossan
Meetings are held in Auckland, New Zealand
The Council have developed these guidelines to assist those who have been chosen to read at the meetings.