Starting Your Own Group

The silence and stillness practices are drawn from a range of traditions. Many of them are adapted to meet present-day circumstances and to allow ease of access for those who have not practised in this way before. Participants are advised to choose which practice most meets their needs at that time on this particular day. This of course will vary week by week. Guidance is given where needed.

From the Zen tradition there are a series of simple breathing and counting exercises and meditative walking.

From the Advaita Vedanta tradition there are exercises in self-enquiry, contemplation and mantra meditation.

From the Christian tradition there is the practice of LectioDivina, involving the faithful reading of scripture and deep penetration of its inner meaning.

From the Contemporary Spiritual movement there are exercises in resting in the present moment Now, releasing tension and experience of timelessness.

Teachers from whom inspiration has been drawn include ShantanandaSaraswati, Swami Shyam, ThichNhat Hahn, Father Lawrence Freeman, John Main, Bede Griffiths and Eckhart Tolle. Although their approaches are different their messages resonate with Oneness through the power of pure awareness. All have taught humankind how to meditate and be mindful.

The great masters from whom inspiration has been received include the Buddha, the Lord Sri Krishna, Jesus and the 8th century sage, Shankara.

Silence on Sundays is totally non-denominational. Silence and stillness belong to all traditions and can not be claimed by any one.

A voice spoke within me telling me to remind everyone of his own true nature by letting the words "Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum" be heard by one and all. - Swami Shyam