An unidentifiable anguish of the spirit led Peter Ng on the path that in turn led to the blossoming of the Singapore chapter of The World Community for Christian Meditation. The story is best told in his words.
Peter Ng is Chief Investment Officer at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. He is a Trustee and Guiding Board Member of The World Community for Christian Meditation.
An Unidentifiable Anguish
It was a time in our lives when my wife Patricia and I were searching for a meaningful spiritual path. At the level of material needs, we were then quite contented. Our standard of living well exceeded what we had expected in our youth. Family life was joyful. Patricia was feeling quite fulfilled in the experience of motherhood. Yet there was for both of us a restlessness amidst the material contentment. Perhaps this feeling was what Fr Laurence, in his introduction to Light Within called an “unidentifiable anguish of the spirit straining beyond the superficiality and meaninglessness of modern life-styles” and opening the mind to the “need to journey to the heart”.
Our spiritual search led us to observe that meditation was an essential practice in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. As Christians, we wondered whether there was a similar way of prayer but rooted in the Christian tradition. On a visit to the church bookshop, Patricia’s eyes fell on Light Within the moment she stepped inside the door. She immediately began to meditate in the way recommended in the book. I postponed the journey, preferring to wait until we had a chance to meet some of the people involved in the teaching. Soon we had the opportunity to visit the London Meditation Centre. Our meeting with Sr Madeleine, and the first experience of meditating with a group there, kindled the flame of interest. I returned to Singapore resolved to begin the journey.