Meditate Thru, a Step at a Time

You can take baby steps or grab little snack bites of spiritual morsels and refreshment frequently throughout your day Facsimile of practicing the presence of God, especially if you are a newbie or beginner to meditation.   (We recommend a book by Joel Goldsmith titled Practicing the Presence shown at the left. It is a good study resource especially for beginners.) Our “Food for the Soul” page provides more information on this particular contemplative practice form.
These brief but frequent periods of spiritual recollection made throughout the day can be as beneficial (if not more effective and beneficial) as the 15- or 20-minute formal meditation sittings one undertakes twice or thrice a day in the manner of a regimented discipline.  

After some time, depending on your state of openness and receptivity to the Truth and to the inner workings of spiritual grace, you will find yourself drawn to spending longer periods (or more periods daily) of sitting in the silent Facsimile of book.contemplation of Truth.   At this stage, your soul senses begin to open to the indwelling presence of the Spirit within you.  Grace, the life of the Spirit, comes alive in you: You will find yourself thirsting for inner silence and hungering for “quiet moments” of just sitting in silence and stillness.

Drop by our Meditation Room and try the guided contemplation we have there or the practice contemplation videos embedded in this page.  You can try the practice of lectio divina, also known technically as “contemplation” in western spiritual culture, which was handed down to us through the Christian monastic tradition.

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation and gratitude to Contemplative Outreach for posting the above video on YouTube.]

You can try mindfulness or insight meditation as it is taught and practiced in the eastern spiritual culture of Buddhism, or, for that matter, any other authentic form of contemplative practice that you might be led to or which may suit your individual state of consciousness.

Here is a good, simple guided meditation by Alan Watts. Sit back or recline confortably on a chair, and listen to him,

[Acknowledgment: Our appreciation and gratitude to Indigo Bliss for posting the above video on YouTube.]

These forms of contemplation practice will normally begin their activity Facsimile of "Beyond Words and Thoughts" by Joel S. Goldsmithin the intellect mind with the pondering, cogitating or contemplating of some scripture passage, spiritual teacher’s saying, or statement from a spiritual teaching. The process then progresses naturally, moving from its initial mental activity of words, thoughts and ideas to a growing sense or feeling of peacefulness, inner stillness and interior silence.

The contemplative activity thus shifts away from the intellect mind to the intuitive mind or the deep feeling level of the soul.  You stay there, in that state of abiding inner peace, stillness and silence, in the continuing deep spiritual rest of true meditation, for as long as you can.

You stay there, and simply rest deeper and deeper in the presence of God. That’s all there is to it.

Read more about the subject of meditation or contemplation in our page “Contemplative Practice” and its subpages.

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Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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2 Responses to Meditate Thru, a Step at a Time

  1. Joan Isaacs says:

    I love the writing of Joel Goldsmith; thank you for mentioning him. You’ve done a great service by acknowledging him in this forum. Thank you, namaste.

    Joan Isaacs


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