Online Meditation

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The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) has been a pioneer in online meditation. This page is your starting point for all of the resources you need to start meditating with others online. Click on one of the links below to go to the section you want to learn about.

What is online meditation?

Meditation is the practice of quieting your mind. Many practices of meditation encourage group practice, which means that at least some of the times you are meditating you are doing so in a group. Online group meditation simply means that the group you are meditating with is meeting online, rather than physically.

Christian Meditation is meditation with the understanding that a quiet mind is a mind that is more receptive to God. In the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), we practice Christian meditation as taught by Fr. John Main. There is a great deal of information about WCCM and John Main on the WCCM web site and on this website.

How does online meditation work?

Online meditation makes use of video conferencing tools to meet together. Some of the advantages of online meditation include these:

  • You can meditate with people from all over the world.
  • You can find a group that meets at a time convenient to you.
  • You don’t need to drive or find parking.
  • You can continue meeting with your group(s) even when traveling.

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Online Group Meeting

What do I need?

All you need to try online meditation is the following:

  • A computer, tablet, or smart phone with a camera and microphone (most systems today include these.)
  • A headset is helpful, but not absolutely necessary.
  • An internet connection. You can use a data plan but online meditation uses a lot of data. You are better off with an internet connection.
  • If you are using a tablet or a smart phone, you need to install the Zoom application. If you are using a computer, this will be installed automatically the first time you enter a group.
  • An interest in trying meditation.
How do I join an online group?

The first thing you will want to do is make contact with one of our Online Porters. These are volunteers who will make sure your machine is set up correctly, explain the conventions we follow in online meditation, and generally make sure you are comfortable and feel welcomed into our community. Just drop an email to one of our Porters, and they will introduce you into our practice. For a subject, please use “Online Meditation” so that they can quickly pick out your email in their email stream.

Our Porters are:

  • Robert Lalor (English) (lalorrobert@gmail.com)
  • Elba Rodríguez (English/Español) (elbarsan@gmail.com)
  • Roger Sessions (English) (roger.sessions@gmail.com)

There is no cost to joining one of our online meditation groups.

When do the groups meet?

The easiest way to see all of our online groups is by looking at the online group calendar. The calendar will show the groups in your local time zone. Please note what language the group uses and if there are any restrictions. Most groups are open to all, but a few have restrictions that are noted in the calendar.

Most groups meet weekly at the same time and in the same chapel.

How do I find the online chapels?

We have two online chapels, The John Main Chapel and The Bede Griffiths Chapel. Each of these chapels is an online video conferencing room. The online calendar will tell you which chapel each group meets in. Your porter will give you, as part of your general introduction, the links to the chapels.

I'm confused!

We were all confused when we started this. But don’t worry, just reach out to one of our Porters (see, How do I join…). They will make sure you are comfortable and will answer any questions you may have.