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As We Begin the Journey Through Lent

Christian Meditation with Children

Silence, Stillness and Simplicity describe Christian Meditation.  During Lent Staff and Students will be participating in the practice of Christian Meditation as a form of prayer.

In today’s face paced digital world taking time to be still and quiet to pray is a beneficial life skill. Research on mindfulness shows an increase in attention span for students along with deepening their personal relationship with God.

Christian Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation can be found in all of the world’s major religions. Below is a table drawing the similarities and differences between the two practices.

Mindfulness Christian meditation
Routed in Buddhist practice Rooted in our Christian tradition
Technique Surrender – contemplation is not the result of a well-honed technique but of grace
Mind activity “pure prayer” of the heart
Attention is on self Attention is coming off yourself (leaving this self behind)
Focus on the present Focus on the present and

Measurable results focus

(self-regulation, calming)

Faithfulness and trust focus
Way of preparing for meditation by calming the mind and harmonizing mind and body Produces mindfulness – makes you more aware, mindful
Benefits include reducing stress and, self-regulation, increased self -knowledge and acceptance, increases sense of well-being and harmony, increases the desire to build community with others, calmness, enhances learning

Benefits include reducing stress and, self-regulation, increased self -knowledge and acceptance, increases sense of well-being and harmony, increases the desire to build community with others, calmness, enhances learning

Fruits- “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” ( Galatians 5:22

Transactional Transformational

Adapted from: An Introduction to Christian Meditation for Students 2016

For more information on Christian Meditation, visit the World Community for Christian Mediation at:

http://www.wccm-canada.ca/

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