James Bishop was convicted and sent to prison for serious offences. With plenty of time on his hands, he rediscovered profound and effective techniques for meditation, through the help of the World Community for Christian Meditation, which does much prison work around the world. He then turned to the Rule of St Benedict and found in it a model and pattern of living which gave him balance and stability and helped to cure his own emotional disorders.
This book is aimed at all those who are imprisoned in the modern world - not just prison inmates but all those battling with personal, emotional and psychological difficulties. Because of its provenance, this is a book which will attract huge publicity at a time when Health Services on both sides of the Atlantic are seeing the sense of moving away from medication to meditation.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Laurence Freeman osb \ Introduction \ The Rule of St Benedict with commentary in 73 short chapters \ Notes on Meditation techniques \ Further Reading
Laurence Freeman OSB is a monk of the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation. Freeman was born in England in 1951 where he was educated by the Benedictines and studied English Literature at Oxford University. In the monastery his spiritual teacher was John Main with whom he studied and whom he helped in the establishment of the first Christian Meditation Centre in London. In 1977, he went with John Main at the invitation of the Archbishop of Montreal to establish a Benedictine community of monks and laypeople dedicated to the practice and teaching of Christian meditation. Freeman studied theology at the Universite de Montreal and at McGill University, made his solemn monastic profession in 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1980. After the death of John Main in 1982, he continued the work of teaching meditation that had now begun to develop a global community. In 1991, Fr Laurence returned to England to establish the International Centre of the newly formed World Community for Christian Meditation that is now present in more than a hundred countries. He is the Director of the WCCM Benedictine Oblate Community. In 2010 he launched the MEDITATIO outreach programme of the Community to mark the celebration of its twentieth anniversary.
James Bishop was born in a convent near Los Angeles, California. He was raised Catholic, but even in adolescence studied other religious beliefs, concentrating on meditation. He worked for over ten years with artificial intelligence software. While battling alcoholism and obsessive-compulsive disorder in prison, he was reintroduced to meditation through the World Community for Christian Meditation. He enjoys writing about his experiences with meditation, synesthesia and music, and is currently working on a biography. He is now a free man, both physically and spiritually.