Christian Meditation has been introduced into schools, both primary and secondary in 18 countries. Based on the success of the Townsville experience – the diocese in Australia where meditation is part of the daily routine across all its 32 schools, Meditatio’s inaugural seminar in London in 2010 introduced the practice to the UK.
Since then about 150 schools in the UK have introduced meditation into the classroom on a regular basis. Similar inspiring stories are emerging from many other countries.
A Christian meditation mantra has been used for a very long time since monks prayed in the desert in the 4th and 5th centuries, though it is little known publicly as a mantra practice. The mantra recommended today is the word Maranatha. The word Maranatha is the final instruction of St. Paul's teachings to the Corinthians, and is St. John's final instruction in the Book of Revelations. Thus, the last word, the final teaching of the entire Christian Bible is "Maranatha," which is Aramaic and means, "Come Lord." However, Christian meditators do not seek to reflect on the word or explain it, but to say it continuously to deal with distractions. So if there is some difficulty with the recommended word an alternative, spiritual word or phrase can be used instead. For Christians, the purpose of the mantra is to help to fulfil the teaching of Jesus to “leave self behind”.
News on the work in the UK
Inspired by a number of UK Primary schools who are in the process of implementing Christian Meditation as part of their normal school curriculum. This web page and videos give you a glimpse into some of the schools that have adopted this practice on a regular basis and tells you about the positive impact it is having in the lives of the children, at school and at home.
For more information about this Christian Meditation outreach programme please visit the following link: http://wccm.org/