Meditation is experiential. Individuals need to experience meditation in order to understand it.

‘From birth, a child seeks to touch, taste, learn about and be one with everything. Joy comes from discovering the truths about how things are and how they work together’ (Sr. Madeline Simon).

Seeing a flower open is a simple experience, however is can instil great wonder in a person. Yet we do not have to make it happen or ask why or how it happens. We only need to keep a simple faith and appreciate the fact that it happens.

Learning Framework

Christian Meditation is prayer which aims to develop a contemplative life. It fits within the whole religious education of the child.

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Leading the Process

As you would for any new programme in the school or parish community, introduce the concept to the rest of the community before you start your trial.

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Stages of Faith

Teachers of Christian Meditation need to be aware of the different spiritual and psychological development that occurs in children and young adults

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Praying with a mantra

As you persevere with the mantra, you will begin to understand more and more deeply, what Jesus meant when He said, ‘Happy are the poor in spirit'

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Helpful Hints for Teachers

Here are some suggestions, based on the writings of John Main that might help you as you lead children in meditation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are merely some frequently asked questions with adequate answers. How would you respond using your own words?

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FAQ - Catholic Audience

If your audience is largely Catholic, these are the type of questions they may well raise

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FAQ - Other Christian Audiences

If your audience is predominantly Christian from various denominations, these are the type of questions they may well raise

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FAQ - Secular Audience

If your audience is largely secular, these are the questions they may well raise

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Questions Children May Ask

It is important that children are comfortable when beginning meditation so their questions need to be considered thoughtfully.

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