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Meditation help people know more about themselves

MaditationDhaka, 13 July, Abnews : A unique weekend session combining meditation and Bach’s music was held at a Catholic church in Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, in June, giving new blessings to life, participants said. As some 20 participants listened to the German composer’s organ music Toccata and Fugue in D minor in the first session of the two-day program, the host Father Takehiro Kunii said, Bach’s music gives expression to movements in our soul we cannot describe. Later the participants listened to lectures about the teachings of Jesus Christ, read the Bible and listen to more Bach music, such as St.Matthew’s Passion.

Please try to be silent as much as possible, Kunii told the group before sending them off to meditate.If you control your external side and become silent internally, you may be able to hear God talking.  With those instructions, the participants dispersed to a place of their choice, such as the chapel or garden, to meditate. The practice is different from Zen meditation that has strict rules of behavior.

And in the evening, each participant retreated to their room to read the Bible and meditate. The second-day session involved a walk, led by Father Katsunori Nakamura, through a forest within the grounds of the church to ponder the footsteps of Jesus Christ carrying the cross. The participants, mostly Catholics of various ages, came from across Japan. I could deepen my faith through the session, one later said, while another commented, I now understand Bach’s music better.

Bach’s music leads to the soul of people, said Father Kunii, who added he wants to continue holding such programs. Meditation lessons are offered to both Catholics and non-followers of the faith at a monastery in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, by Father Ryuichiro Hanafusa. His program is based on the book Spiritual Exercises, a set of Christian meditations, prayers and mental exercises written by Ignacio de Loyola, who founded the Society of Jesus in the 16th century.



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