The physical surroundings facilitate relaxation and internal composure. Outward physical order strengthens the internal. We receive help to let go of whatever occupies us in everyday life in order to search out that stillness that exists in the here and now.
Having found this center of stillness, we experience simplicity and composure: we are who we are, and we are there we are, and no where else. This we can, in ourselves, stand before God, who is both seeking us and finding us exactly where we are.
Our form of meditation is very simple. By sitting erect on a cushion, a footstool or a chair we give our body the possibility of relaxing, and this frees our breathing. We sit together in silence, allowing our thoughts, perceptions, pictures (visions) and feelings to come and go as they please. We train ourselves to trust by letting go of ourselves: our ambitions, our will, our feelings and our thoughts. We are free to just be there; we are free to be who we are. That’s enough.
Meditation is a way of accepting ourselves and our life situation on a deep level. It can be a very restful experience, which is also a way of being in the presence of God. At its deepest level meditation is an exercise of being in love. Meditation is an exercise open to one and all. It is free from religious affiliation, but also deeply spiritual. This exercise is found in most religions, and constitutes the center of Mindfulness. This exercise in present awareness leads to a deeper knowledge of oneself, and it results in concentration, acceptance and relaxation.
No special, previous knowledge of meditation is necessary. Only a desire to relax in stillness and silence is required.