Anam Cara in the Celtic tradition means soul friend and draws on ancient traditions of friendship which encourage us to deepen awareness of our desires for intimacy, freedom and love. Anam Cara is also the name of our meditation group that meets every week for meditation to help cultivate silence and stillness. Our weekly practice draws on the tradition of Centering Prayer, which is drawn from the ancient practices of the Christian contemplative heritage, notably the traditional monastic practice of Lectio Divina and the practices described in the anonymous fourteenth century classic The Cloud of Unknowing and in the writings of Christian mystics such as Teresa of Avila, Elizabeth of the Trinity, John of the Cross, Thomas Merton and many others. Our weekly meditations, however, are not limited to the Christian mystics and we draw on the Upanishads, and the mystical poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, Tagore and others. At its most simple, our weekly meditation is based on the wisdom saying of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount:
People of all faith and meditation traditions and none, are warmly invited to join us. Please bring your own meditation stool or cushion. Meetings run for 75 minutes and are held every Wednesday (except during school holidays) at:
St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, Alstonville, 9.00am – 10.15am.
If you are interested in joining Anam Cara please contact Robyn.
INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION
For those interested to learn more about meditation, a short three week introduction is being offered in October (8th/15th/22nd) – Mondays 6.00 – 7.30 at St Bartholomew’s Church in Alstonville. For more information download this flyer.