A weekly WCCM audio podcast: Talks, Interviews and dialogues.
Attention: The Middle Way, the Narrow Path, Levels of Consciousness Series
In this episode, Laurence Freeman reflects on the challenge of the attention deficit in the human mind. An especially acute problem of our time. Early Christian teachers saw the attention deficit as being akin to the meaning of ‘original sin’. Meditation does more than improve our capacity for attention, however. It expands our capacity for love. This podcast is part of the Levels of Consciousness and the Fruits of the Spirit series held in 2021.
Reconciling Opposites in a Polarised World with Sarah Bachelard
Always deepening her insight into what ‘contemplative Christianity’ means and what the options for the church of the future are, Sarah Bachelard tackles the dilemma of modern discourse – how to be committed to a good cause without increasing polarisation, how to practise peace in a culture spoiling for a fight. This podcast is part of the WCCM online Speakers series held in 2021, including speakers such as Herman van Rompuy, Liz Watson, David Lorimer, Marco Schorlemmer and Kim Nataraja.
The Healing Response: A Conversation with Tim Kelly
Tim is an oblate of the WCCM and works with a US federal agency which provides care for refugees and survivors of torture. In this talk he describes how meditation helps him – and those he trains to work with those who have suffered a trauma – to maintain the optimum level of compassion while taking the necessary care of themselves.
Sharing meditation directly with those survivors has also shown him that, however essential it is to provide psychological therapy, it has its limitations. There is another level of healing which requires a spiritual dimension. Valuable as may be the ‘relaxation response’ or the ‘therapeutic response’, the deepest healing response lies not outside but within ourselves.
Herman Van Rompuy — Politics and the Management of Division
Herman Van Rompuy speaks about the crisis of democracy and what habits leaders need to be learned in order to give people some hope in the future of democracy. Herman Van Rompuy is a Belgian politician and former President of the European Council. This talk was part of a John Main Seminar in Bruges.
Music Credits: Aourourou by Blue Dot Sessions
Sunrise At Midnight with Martin Laird OSA (Part 1)
In this podcast, Martin Laird OSA explores what the great saints and sages of the Christian tradition claim about the constant presence of God - God does not know how to be absent. We may feel God’s absence but he’s always present. Union with God is not something that can be acquired but something to be realised. This can be difficult to accept in the commodity-driven culture we live in.
This podcast is the first part of a talk held at the London Meditatio Centre in 2020.
The Spirit in the Desert (Talk 1 & 2) with Rowan Williams
In this podcast, Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, reflects on questions that deeply touch our modern lives. Drawing on the wisdom of the 4th century Desert Fathers and Mothers, he encourages us to enter into the challenges and simplicity of the desert and find healing for our fragmented condition.