The Just Meditation Book

People have been meditating for thousands of years: it is a universal spiritual practice, found in all cultures and traditions. And it is used in pursuit of a wide range of different goals, from the relief of stress and anxiety to the attainment of enlightenment. Today, there are probably more people practising meditation than at …

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Breath vs. Mantra

In this article we’re going to look at two of the most common meditation techniques: observing the breath and repeating a mantra. The good news is that both methods basically work in more or less the same way, so it’s not really a case of which one is ‘better’ or ‘worse’. The ‘best’ technique is …

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The Fellowship of Silence

From 2012-2018 I was the vicar of the church of St John the Baptist in Newcastle city centre. I’d been in post for about a year when one Sunday afternoon I received a telephone call from a woman asking if the church was open and whether she could pop in for a visit. She also …

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Humans

In 2015 Channel 4 produced a television drama series called Humans. It ran to three series, ending in 2018, and is set in a world identical in many ways to our own except that there have been some very significant advances in robotics. As a result, human society now includes a large number of ‘synths’, who …

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An Interview

As well as being a meditation teacher, I am also a priest. In this interview, which was never published, I answer a series of questions about the spiritual path, and my own sense of calling. What does it mean to seek God?  To seek God is to seek that which is ultimately real and true. …

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Just Meditation ONLINE

In March 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the world, we suddenly found ourselves in ‘lockdown’. Those early days, as the crisis escalated, had a surreal quality. Many aspects of life, previously taken for granted, changed in unprecedented ways as we learnt a new vocabulary and reluctantly came to terms with the ‘new normal’. Just …

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Why Tantalus?

Corny as it may sound, I have always wanted to be a writer. As a teenager I dreamt of writing a great work of philosophy, the definitive once and for all answer to the big questions about the meaning of life.  Needless to say I didn’t get very far. In my late teens and early …

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