Applied Meditation

DS9610C
crosslisted as DP9610C
GCGM, Praxis Unit

Mr Christopher Morris
Six Saturdays, 2018
4, 11, 18 August; 13, 20, 27 October
10.00am — 4.30pm

This unit explores the spiritual life by examining the developmental stages and meditation techniques appropriate for various age groups including children, teenagers and adults. Students explore various approaches including mantra, scripture, symbols, mandala, visualization, body work and spiritual journaling, with an emphasis on Christian meditation. The focus will be on silent meditation, and establishing places of silence in the contemporary technological context including schools, parishes and other settings. The unit will include such topics as spirituality and holiness, discovery of identity and intimacy and signs of spiritual growth. Leadership qualities and ethical considerations required for introducing meditation to groups in a variety of settings will also be discussed. Students will engage in professional experience in leading a meditation group at such locations as schools, hospitals, youth groups, parish groups. The framework and insights of the Enhancing Catholic Schools Identity project will be referred to in the teaching of this unit. 

This unit can be used as a praxis unit including the development of a ‘Project Plan’ that is certified as ‘low risk’ by the Head of Department, and a supervised professional placement including a ‘Placement Contract.’ 

Census Date

Friday 31 August 

Prerequisites

none

Requirements

six Saturdays: 10.00am — 4.30pm

Assessment

one 3,000-word essay   50%
one 1,500-word praxis case study   25%
one 1,500-word praxis report   25%

Bibliography

  • Christie, Ernie. Coming Home: A Guide to Teaching Christian Mediation to Children. Mulgrave: John Garret Publishing, 2008. 
  • Coming to Know, Worship and Love: A Religious Education Curriculum Framework for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. 2nd ed. 11 vols. 2003. Reprint, Melbourne: James Goold House Publications, 2007.
  • Keating, Thomas. Invitation to Love. 1992. Reprint, New York: Continuum, 2000. 
  • Mason, Michael, Andrew Singleton, and Ruth Webber. The Spirit of Generation Y: Young People’s Spirituality in a Changing Australia. Mulgrave: John Garratt Publishing, 2007.
  • May, Gerald G. The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth. 2003. Reprint, San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2005.
  • Tacey, David. The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality. Pymble: HarperCollins, 2003.