Meditation as an 11th Step Practice

Silence is letting go of thoughts
Stillness is letting go of desires
Simplicity is letting go of self-analysis

Christian Meditation as an 11th Step Practice is an outreach program for people in 12 step programs or recovery. Our purpose is to support one another in our journey of wholeness in the ‘joy of living’ to a spiritual awakening through love and service. All are welcome to join us – faith or no faith, agnostic or atheist.

Step 11 – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
~ from the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Mission Statement

We are  groups of men and women from 12 step programs, following the teachings of John Main and the World Community for Christian Meditation. We are not a replacement for, nor are we affiliated with, any 12-step program of recovery. We are here to share this ancient path of contemplative prayer as a way to practice the 11th Step.

How does Christian meditation as we practice it relate to the journey of the alcoholic and the addict?

Visit the Addiction and Recovery page on the WCCM Meditatio site for a fuller description of our 11th Step Groups and how they are structured.

One meditator's story:

"When I first began to meditate in this way of Christian prayer, I was agnostic and, looking back, rather proud of my non-Christian spiritual journey in recovery. I had been meditating in the Eastern tradition for many years. When I was three months clean and sober I had a spiritual experience that left me knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a God that has no name but is all-loving, all-powerful, all goodness in the mysteries of darkness. It was that place of peace beyond human understanding.   Pure joy, pure peace, pure love.

"Although the ‘experience’ lasted only a few days, the memory of the truth of love and goodness has never left me. That memory is embedded in my heart.  This God-moment took me from the depths of depression to a seventeen-year search to find out the meaning and purpose of that moment. Grace led me years later to an afternoon of contemplative prayer with a group of Christians. The last place on earth I ever wanted to be! Grace brought me home even though I was kicking and resisting all the way.  Continue reading......

Christian Meditation as an 11th Step Practice Groups

Jacksonville, FL
WCCM Neptune Beach Center
Christian Meditation as an 11th Step Practice
Wednesday Evenings 7 pm-8:15pm
1112 Third Street Suite #9
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
(904) 241-4738

Western Springs, IL
St. John of the Cross Parish Center
Monday mornings 10:30 am – 11:30 am
5005 South Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
Janet (708) 246-4866

Milwaukee, WI
Lake Park Lutheran Church
Saturdays 10:45 – 11:15 am
2647 N. Stowell
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Heather Albinger
(414) 491-0516


Online Groups:
*Sundays at 4:00 pm Eastern Time.
*New group! Saturdays 6:00 pm Eastern.
*Request to join these groups, here:
*Our US Online meditation groups page here.

In the UK:
Kairos Center
Mount Angelus Road