The Vicar and The Mystic

Prayer & Meditation - What is it & Why people do it?

May 19, 2020

In this episode (1 of 2 in a series) we begin to scratch the surface of this behemoth subject, prayer and meditation.  We explore the age old practice & compulsion to seek reflective moments opening a space to ponder eternal questions, as well as how we now use contemplation to offset the stresses of daily modern life. We also share personal accounts & testimonials on the benefits of having a prayer/meditative practice.

Given the proven scientific data acknowledging the positive impact of mindfulness, we look into it's roots and where it fits within the world of prayer and meditation, while giving examples from ancient texts and thought leaders as to why there is a need to use these as tools to live a more centred, peaceful and nourishing life.  

Listen to hear how we you can begin & sustain an holistic and life giving practice, where to start and why.

We discuss connection to the Divine / God, control and the need to surrender (if only just a bit), and the beauty that can be borne within when developing a practice. Another honest conversation {that may well include the s-word a few times.}

Next episode we answer listeners questions about prayer & meditation.

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Show notes:

Learn More & Get Meredith's Meditiation Masterclass 

Watch Instagram Lives for Daily Prayer with Ross & Meredith weekdays 9:30am London time or catch the replay.

Relevant Blogs from Meredith:
Brainwave Basics 
3 Things I Had Totally Wrong When I First Started Meditating

Books we mentioned:
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams & Danny Penman, How to Pray by C.S. Lewis, The Breath of the Soul by Joan Chittister, The Psalms from the Old Testament 

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About The Vicar & The Mystic podcast:

We are a husband and wife team living in London. Ross Gunderson is 'The Vicar', & Meredith Gunderson is ‘The Mystic'. We are both deeply spiritual, although our faith journeys vary greatly.

Our podcast conversations bridge the space between pondering the purpose of life & actually living it, while celebrating the diversity to be found within spiritual inquiry.  

We don't always agree, so there's that.  But we do agree on asking & sharing questions.

The podcast is beneficial to anyone who thinks there must be more to life than living in an expected & conventional manner. 

We live in Fulham, London where Ross is the Vicar of St. Eth's Fulham and Meredith is a meditation teacher, writer & artist.

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