Meditation is found in all religious traditions. In Christianity it is the heart of the contemplative teaching of Jesus on prayer. One of the most significant developments in the world of Christian Meditation is the way in which children and young people are embracing this form of prayer. We hope your visits will enrich your spiritual path. We want you to consider a new learning and a new imagination for our world that locates the teaching of stillness and silence within each person at the heart of education. Most Rev. Bishop Douglas Crosby O. Diocese of Hamilton.
Meditation is found in all religious traditions. In Christianity it is the heart of the contemplative teaching of Jesus on prayer. One of the most significant developments in the world of Christian Meditation is the way in which children and young people are embracing this form of prayer.
But too many kids are never introduced to meditative or contemplative forms of prayer, which is too bad, because then they miss out on the many fruits of those prayer forms. We go out and seek God, usually by focusing our thoughts on some object: a Scripture text as in lectio divina and imaginative prayer , a mystery of faith as in the rosary , sacred art such as a sacred icon , or even the natural world. Prayerful meditation is different from intellectual study or analysis of the Scripture, artwork, mystery of faith, or whatever the object of meditation might be. Contemplative prayer sometimes flows out of meditative prayer. Parents are sometimes daunted by the prospect of teaching their kids meditative and contemplative prayer. The Catholic Diocese of Townsville, Australia, offers a comprehensive website on teaching meditation and contemplation to children; check it out at cominghome. It offers ample evidence that it is possible to teach kids these important forms of prayer. During this processing you can share your experience and invite your child to share his or hers. You can also coach your child.
It will come as no surprise to educators that a Canadian study commissioned by Microsoft in May 1 found the attention span of consumers has been decreasing in the digital age. The study reported the average human attention span in was 12 seconds. In , this dropped to 8 seconds. Meanwhile, the average attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds! Seeking an antidote for this digital age phenomenon has led to the recent surge in mindfulness practices. Current research on mindfulness practices shows an increase in attention span for students along with a number of other benefits. Christian meditation dates back to the 3 rd and 4 th centuries with the early Desert Fathers and Mothers. In , the Archbishop of Montreal invited him to teach lay people Christian meditation.