Collins dictionary definition of holistic: considering the complete person or animal, physically and mentally in the treatment of an illness.
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Dom John Main - the founder of the modern Christian Meditation movement. John Main rediscovered the authentic practice of mantra-based christian meditation by studying the ancient works of John Cassian.
Visit - the World Community for Christian Meditation website.
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Bere Island: The birth place of Laurence Freeman's mother and a place to which he has returned from time to time for periods of prayer and solitude. In his book “Jesus, the Teacher Within”, Laurence uses his rediscovery of the island as an allegory of the search for personal identity and the gradual separation of reality and illusion we all need to make in order to grow spiritually.
Hove: scenes from the sea front.
Laurence Freeman: a Benedictine monk and priest of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto, and director of WCCM. He is also the founder and director of the John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-religious Dialogue at Georgetown University, and author of many books and articles for the Tablet particularly, and a member of the Board of Medio Media.
Central London, viewed from Greenwich Observatory. Can there be space for quiet contemplation in a city like this? Well yes actually! Saint Marks Church in Islington, hosts the London Christian Meditation Centre. Cockfosters Retreat Centre also offers a range of meditation retreats throughout the year, and further meditation events take place at St Peter’s Centre for Meditation and Peace, at Vauxhall, and at Westminster Cathedral
Views, from Loweswater Village Hall. Usually, once a year in the summer, the Cumbrian Christian Meditation group meet here. The hall provides one of the most panoramic views in the Lake District looking up the valley that holds Crummock Water and Buttermere, to Great Gable, which is wreathed in cloud on this occasion.
The Newsletter is released quarterly and is the main source of information for many many members of the Community. In it you will find sections covering news of the Community's leaders, forthcoming retreats and events and a message from Father Laurence Freeman. Contact Saint Mark's Church if you want to receive it. There are details at the foot of this webpage.
North Staffordshire includes the City of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme and their surrounding areas. There are currently three groups in the area: May Bank (Newcastle), Longton (Stoke) and Stone.
Benedictines: John Main, the founder of the World Community for Christian Meditation, and Laurence Freeman, the Community's current leader; a sketch of the Christian Meditation Retreat Centre at Cockfosters and one of the corridors at the monastery of Monte Oliveto.
The Open Gate: a retreat house run by the Community of Aidan and Hilda on Lindisfarne, Northumberland. Courses and retreats on many aspects of christian spirituality are provided each year.
Oxford: Britain's oldest university town.
Portsmouth Catholic Cathedral was built in 1882 and is situated close to the City centre and the home of the Royal Navy.
Waterfall, in the grounds of Rydal Hall, near Ambleside. Meetings organised by the Cumbrian Christian Meditation group often take place here. The mountains of the Lake District make an inspiring backdrop to the grounds of the hall and remind us that although the path of meditation can sometimes appear rather steep and craggy, there is a way to the summit.
Autumn Colours, in the grounds of Rydal Hall, near Ambleside. Meetings organised by the Cumbrian Christian Meditation group often take place here. The mountains of the Lake District make an inspiring backdrop to the grounds of the hall and remind us that although the path of meditation can sometimes appear rather steep and craggy, there is a way to the summit.
Shrewsbury: typical half timbered houses in the town and plate glass windows in the cathedral
Lindisfarne Slakes, in the fading light of a late February afternoon. The tranquility of the sea and sky on this day, might remind us of our quest for tranquility of mind and spirit during meditation.
Staffordshire Moorlands at the southwestern end of the Pennines, provides an opportunity for solitude. The Staffordshire Peak District is distinctly quieter than its more famous Derbyshire neighbour!
Painted Ceiling, in one of the corridors of the Vatican Museum, leading to the Sistine Chapel.
There are mixed views on neutering pets among owners at present. Many owners are reluctant to put
their pet through an anaesthetic and surgery and feel it is an unnecessary risk to their wellbeing. Usually cost
is an issue, some people don’t like the idea of tampering with nature and there are many old fashioned myths
in circulation declaring that it is healthier to allow animals to breed first before neutering etc. There are
lots of health and behavioural benefits to neutering both male and female pets which will be outlined below.
One of the first and most important benefits of neutering is to prevent reproduction and the birth
of unwanted puppies and kittens. One female cat can potentially produce up to 15 kittens in a single breeding
season so in her lifetime she can go on to be the ancestor of a scarily large number of kittens, most of which
end up as strays or euthanized. Anyone who has experienced breeding a litter of puppies knows how much hard work
is involved and how expensive it can be to rear the litter especially if things go wrong e.g. caesarean section,
deformed/sick puppies, not enough milk production by the bitch and the list is endless. Unfortunately the number
of unwanted dogs and cats in pet shelters is horrifying and the large number of pregnant animals they take in
does nothing to help the situation.
If bitches are not being used for breeding purposes then we strongly recommend
early spaying to prevent future health problems including pyometra, mammary tumours, ovarian tumours/cysts, uterine
tumours and pseudopregnancies. Bitches can either be neutered as young as 6 months old before they have their
first heat or 2-3 months after their first heat.
Male dogs can be neutered as young as 6 months old. It decreases
unwanted behaviour like marking his territory with urine, wandering after bitches and dominance aggression. The
health benefits are preventing testicular tumours and decreasing the incidence of prostate problems and some
hormone responsive anal tumours.
Female cats can be neutered once they reach a sufficient size – usually 5-6
months old. This prevents your cat going through behavioural changes associated with heats and prevents her contracting
feline AIDs through mating. Spaying also prevents pyometra, mammary gland problems, uterine and ovarian tumours.
Male cats can be neutered once they are of a sufficient size – usually 5-6 months old. This prevents
infection with feline AIDs through mating, decreases roaming and fighting with other cats and stops spraying
of strong smelling urine in the house.
When animals are neutered their daily calorific requirement decreases
by approximately 25%. It is important that owners make the required adjustments in their pets diet after neutering
otherwise their animals will put on weight which is the most common complaint owners have about neutering. These
operations are offered at a very reasonable cost with minimal risk to your pet but it is important that owners
contact the vet clinic and speak to a vet if they need more advice, have specific questions or would like to
know more about the procedure.