From John Main OSB, "God is the Centre of my Soul," THE WAY OF UNKNOWING (New York: Crossroad, 1990), pp. 18-20. Meditation is a very simple concept. There is nothing complicated about it, nothing esoteric. In essence, meditation is simply being still at the centre of your being. Being still. The only problem connected with it is that we live in a world of almost frenetic movement, and so stillness and rootedness seem quite foreign to most of us. But in nature all growth is from the centre outwards. The centre is where we begin and again that is what meditation is about. It is making contact with the original centre of your own being. It is a return to the ground of your being, to your origin . . . .
Meditation is a wonderful opportunity for all of us. . .because in returning to our origin, to the ground of our being, we return to our innocence. The call to meditation, for the early Fathers of the Church, was a call to purity of heart and that is what innocence is---purity of heart. A vision unclouded by egoism or by desire or by images, a heart simply moved by love. Meditation leads us to pure clarity--clarity of vision, clarity of understanding and clarity of love--a clarity that comes from simplicity. And to meditate requires nothing more than the simple determination to begin and then to continue. [ . . . .] [W]e must go beyond thought, beyond desire and beyond imagination and in that beyond we begin to know that we are here and now in God, "in whom we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). The way of simplicity is the way of the one word, the recitation of the one word. It is the recitation, and the faithfulness to that recitation every morning and every evening, that leads us beyond all the din of words, beyond all the labyrinth of ideas, to oneness. Meditation is a way into full communion, oneness of being. In meditation, and in the life enriched by meditation, we are fully ourselves, whoever we are.