Lyn Thomasson, Aurilea Augustine, Emma O'Connor and Reverend Jennifer Roberts meditate at the South Rockhampton Uniting Church. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Lyn Thomasson, Aurilea Augustine, Emma O'Connor and Reverend Jennifer Roberts meditate at the South Rockhampton Uniting Church. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Christians breathing deep as meditation enters church

REVEREND Jennifer Roberts is bringing meditation to the church altar.  

Each week members of the public line the altar of the South Rockhampton Uniting Church with mats and cushions to de-stress under the ambience of candlelight.  

Rev Roberts said she first experienced the benefits of meditation during pregnancy.  

"Then I rolled it over to the different placements I've gone to," she said.  

And Rockhampton is no exception.  

Rev Roberts started the free group sessions in March this year, after selling the idea to the church.  

She said while some might think holding the sessions in the church was unusual, it wasn't.  

"Even Jewish culture meditated in various forms," she said.  

"But this is not God-focused."  

She said the sessions included breathing techniques as well as guided meditation.  

"Everyone is so busy they've forgotten how to be still," she said.  

"This is about getting off that treadmill of rush."  

Aurilea Augustine, who has been going since the group's inception, said it was good to have some "me time".  

"I think I learnt through my cancer experience the importance of being still," she said.  

"I did a lot of self-examination and that's what this is. It's great for your energy levels."  

Rev Roberts invited anyone to come along. The group meets every Wednesday at the Campbell St Church at 7pm. For more information call Rev Roberts on 0413 434 480.  

5 MEDITATION BENEFITS

  • Increases energy levels
  • Relaxes and relieves stress
  • Heal injuries and boost immune system
  • Get in touch with your body
  • Heightened mindfulness and concentration


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