About the Christian Meditation Center

Meditation Room

Meditation Room

The Christian Meditation Center is dedicated to the teaching and practice of Christian meditation. The root tradition of the teaching is Christian, as taught by the Benedictine monk John Main OSB (1926-1982), who opened the riches of the monastic tradition of prayer for Christians whose daily lives are transformed by the practice of contemplative prayer.

The best way to learn  meditation is to meditate with others. Meditation is practiced as common human wisdom and a path for the common good of humanity. Members of all faiths as well as seekers on the journey are welcomed to share in the silence and peace with those who meditate.

We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, supported solely by donations.

Our bookstore offers books, CDs and DVDs on the teachings and history of Christian Meditation as taught by John Main OSB and other contemplative teachers.

Be still and know

that I AM God.

Psalm 46:10

There are many forms of prayer. Christian Meditation is a form of silent prayer of the heart. It is the prayer of the listening heart.


We do not even know how to pray but the spirit himself prays within us.  Romans 8:26


WCCM Neptune Beach Featured in New Book

Christian Quaker theologian Daniel P. Coleman featured us in his book Presence and Process: A Path Toward Transformative Faith and Inclusive Community from Barclay Press. Download an excerpt from the book where he describes our Meditation Center as an example of an inclusive contemplative community: Presence and Process Excerpt (PDF).


How to Meditate

Sit down. Sit still and upright. Close your eyes lightly. Sit relaxed but alert. Breathe calmly and regularly. Silently, interiorly begin to say a single word. We recommend the prayer-phrase MA-RA-NA-THA. Recite it as four syllables of equal length. Listen to it as you say it, gently but continuously. Do not think or imagine anything-spiritual or otherwise. If thoughts and images come, these are distractions at the time of meditation, so keep returning to simply saying the word. Meditate each morning and evening for between twenty and thirty minutes.