Meditazione in Santa Maria degli Angeli, Rome. Photo by G.dallorto, Wikimedia Creative Commons.

How is Eastern (non-Christian) meditation different from the Catholic tradition of prayer? The posts below discuss theses differences and the problems that can result when Christians practice Buddhist, Hindu, or New Age exercises. My perspective comes from the doctors of the Church and the Magisterium itself.

Centering Prayer

For an in-depth discussion of Centering Prayer, visit my other blog, Is Centering Prayer Catholic?, particularly the Quick Questions page. I have also written a book with the same title.

Did Teresa of Avila Teach Centering Prayer?

Common Errors of Centering Prayer Practitioners

Centering Prayer’s Errors About God

Facts, Faith, and Contemplative Knowledge

Seeking God with John of the Cross

God’s Innermost Secret Revealed

Themes from the Spiritual Canticle

John of the Cross and the Contemplative Life


Mindfulness is the New Centering Prayer

Is Mindfulness Catholic?

You Can Be Holy Today

Spain’s Bishops Reject Mindfulness


What is Contemplation? (Part 2)

Mixing Catholic and Eastern Spirituality

Christian Prayer is Much More than Eastern Meditation

Yoga, Centering Prayer, and Mindfulness (Part 1)

Yoga, Centering Prayer and Mindfulness (Part 2)

Should We Sit Silently During Prayer (Part 1 of 3)

Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer (Part 2 of 3)

The Silence of Detachment (Part 3 of 3)

To Pray is Human

Detachment and the Will of God

Temperaments, Astrology, and the Enneagram

On Words and Scandal

Nature, Grace, and “Nada”