Today, more and more Christians are turning to meditation as a way to enhance their spiritual practice. The trick, however, is finding a way to incorporate a meditation practice that both honors Christian ideals and allows for internal reflection.
Recently, Paula Doyle interviewed Anne Kelley in this Tidings post about a guided meditation the practicing Christian came up with that focuses on the Stations of the Cross. For those who don’t know, the Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of Jesus’ final hours.
According to Doyle, by combining a sequence of yoga poses and meditation, Kelley used art, music, and the spoken word to provide people the opportunity to reflect upon this sacred devotion.
From the first painting of Jesus standing as he is condemned to death, reflective of the yoga mountain pose, “tadasana,” to the last painting of Jesus in the tomb reminiscent of the corpse pose, the images help participants relate to the humanity of Jesus, who fell three times on his walk to Golgatha and died with his arms outstretched on a cross.
While meditators see the image, they are also hearing live music performed by a choir and pianist as well as a narrated meditation on each Station written by Kelley. She wrote the meditations in churches that she visited while on vacation in the south of France. On her 50th birthday, she shared the meditation for the first time with her uncle, Father Murphy.
Read more about Kelley’s meditation on the Stations of the Cross here.