How We Came to Be

Teresa Yerkes, Founder of CMC

My personal story leading to the inception of the Christian Meditation Center began many years ago. I had been a Christian for seventeen years and still found myself dealing with obstacles that came between myself and a closer relationship with God. I was really struggling with painful emotional issues and a lifelong addiction to alcohol. I felt frustrated and defeated. Frankly, I felt unworthy to be called a Child of God. Even though there had been many victories, such as quitting smoking, healing in other relationships and spiritual breakthroughs, I was still unable to feel right with God. I so wanted to feel whole and totally in control of my thoughts and actions. I knew this was possible because the scriptures told me so. I wanted my reality to mirror the Fruits of the Spirit, which are love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control.

And then the answer came! One day sitting in my family room God made it clear to me that he wanted me to spend time with Him in stillness and rest. I knew that he was calling me to a more intimate relationship with Him. So began my journey to experience the presence of God. I was drawn by many Christian authors that wrote on the subject of contemplation, meditation, quiet prayer, centering prayer and other genres associated with this practice of just being still and quiet before the Lord. I also began a regular practice of resting in the Lord by moving my attention out of my head and just focused on my breathing. During this time, I learned to stay open to allow God to move in me any way He saw fit. I started to see amazing positive changes in my personality and demeanor. People began to comment on the peace and the calmness they saw in my life. I no longer had obsessive thoughts that defeated me emotionally. God removed in me the desire to drink alcohol and through His peace I was finally able to overcome the addiction.

Throughout this time, God has placed on my heart this yearning to share this path to a closer relationship with Him to others. I knew that if it was successful in my own Christian walk that it might help other Christian’s understand and ultimately heal the issues in their lives that prevent them from sharing the same peace that the still and quiet time alone with God has brought me. I realized that God was about to use me for his will and was directing me on a journey to find a way to share meditation with others. It was over a course of twelve years of praying and seeking advice from others before God showed me the way.

Then it happened, God placed it in my heart that we needed to start a nonprofit organization to serve as the vehicle to teach his people how to meditate and develop a closer relationship with Him. Subsequently, the nonprofit business, Christian Meditation Center was formed. Now the journey expands, with Christ minded brothers and sisters helping to share the power of meditation to anyone who wants to have a more intimate relationship with God.