Meditation in Prisons

Christian Meditation is being taught in prison in many parts of the world. Those who bring the teaching to prisoners feel it is a special grace and privilege and prisoners report how powerfully it helps them to transform the negative and oppressive aspects of their life into a new liberty of spirit.

James Bishop learned to meditate while in prison and became a Benedictine Oblate of the World Community. He has written a commentary on the Rule of St Benedict in the light of his experience of prison. It is entitled A Way in the Wilderness.  He has also designed and runs a WCCM website for prisoners and those helping inmates with their spiritual journey.

I was in prison and you came to see me. ~ Jesus, Matthew 25:36

Experience has shown that meditation in prison is more sustainable for inmates if it is introduced as part of a pre-existing program such as Bible studies or restorative spiritual programs. By sharing their prison meditation experiences and by encouraging the inmates to do the same, WCCM members can create a network that strengthens everyone’s personal meditation practice.