Applied Meditation

DS2610C/3610C
crosslisted as DP2610C/3610C Praxis Unit

Mr Christopher Morris
Six Saturdays, 2020
6, 13, 20 June; 10, 17, 24 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

Tuesday 14 July 

Prerequisites

none 

Mode

intensive mode: 10.00am – 4.30pm

Assessment

second level
  • one 2,000-word essay 45%
  • one 1,500-word praxis report 35%
  • one 1,000-word praxis case study 20%
third level
  • one 2,500-word essay 55%
  • one 1,500-word praxis report 25%
  • one 1,000-word praxis case study 20% 

Bibliography 

  • Christie, Ernie. Coming Home: A Guide to Teaching Christian Mediation to Children. Mulgrave: John Garratt, 2007. 
  • Coming to Know, Worship and Love: A Religious Education Curriculum Framework for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. 2nd ed. 11 vols. Melbourne: James Goold House, 2007.
  • Keating, Thomas. Invitation to Love. New York: Continuum, 1998. 
  • Mason, Michael, Andrew Singleton, and Ruth Weber. The Spirit of Generation Y: Young People’s Spirituality in a Changing Australia. Mulgrave: John Garratt, 2007.
  • May, Gerald G. The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2005.
  • Tacey, David. The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality. Pymble: HarperCollins, 2003.