It’s been three whole weeks since I began and I guess people are wanting to know how things are going. Well, all I can say, is that we are in for the long haul. I am discovering that everything to do with Mindfulness/meditation/New Monasticism is a slow, slow process.
As a part of the idea is to begin groups with people who are spiritual seekers (I will describe the strategy later) I thought I’d better get some training in how to do this sort of thing. Well, this course alone takes 12 months – minimum. The Mindfulness training programme finishes in 2017 and I can’t even get on to the ‘dot be’ (young person’s Mindfulness teacher training course).
Perhaps that’s a part of the learning in all of this. Don’t rush – even though every fibre of our being demands that we get trained and get going as soon as possible.
However, I thought it would be good share some of what my days entail over the next few blog entries.
Every morning (well, 6 out of 7) begins with 15 minutes of Bible study/reflection. At the moment I’m going through the book of Esther. Not one mention of God in it anywhere!!! Then 30 minutes of silent prayer. Then 45 minutes of meditation. It takes 2 hours just to get going in the morning. See what I mean about being slow? But it is happening.