Ecology, Economy and Meditation –
Healing ourselves, healing the earth.
Catholic Earthcare Australia was a proud partner of the Meditatio Seminar on Meditation and the Environment, an international conference held over the Earth Day weekend in April. Hosted by the Australian Christian Meditation Community, the conference illustrated the powerful role of meditation in fostering a contemplative consciousness for the whole community of our planet.
The diverse range of keynote speakers from multidisciplinary backgrounds including sociology, spirituality, ecology, environmental justice, media, environmental scientists, theologians and contemplative practitioners added to the richness of the event. Father Laurence Freeman OSB, was a keynote speaker and brought into focus the nature of the ecological crises we are facing. Many speakers addressed the issue of an ecological tipping point and the need for a global tipping point of consciousness, which Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have named as ecological conversion.
Bishop George Browning urged participants to take action for our common home and to live a human vocation that allows space for creation. He asked us to remember that meditation is in and of itself a form of action as it stimulates the interior development necessary to support environmental action.
Our very own Simon Habel had the pleasure of co-facilitating two workshops with Father Tom Gleeson from Adelaide, where they unpacked the messages in Pope Francis’ encyclical – Laudato Si’ – particularly the urgent need for dialogue and contemplative action to address the environmental challenges we face today.
“Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption.” (LS, 222)
We would like to thank the Catholic Earthcare volunteers who took time out of their weekend to attend the conference and welcome participants to the Catholic Earthcare booth.
The World Christian Meditation Community is a contemporary, ecumenical, contemplative community that teaches meditation in the Christian contemplative tradition (as rediscovered by John Main OSB from the early Christian Desert Fathers in the 4th Century).
More information and reflections on Mediation and the Environment can be found at http://acmcmeditatio2016.blogspot.com.au/