Elder Zacharis (Zacharou) from Holy Momastery of John the Forerunner in Essex, England, a spiritual child of the revered Elder Sophrony (Sakharov), recently visited St. Tikhon's Monastery and Seminary in South Canaan, PA, where he offered two public presentations to the monastics, seminarians, and parish community. One talk, "On the Priesthood," was geared more towards seminarians, although beneficial for all. The second talk is entitled "Thoughts and Comments on the Crisis in Christianity Today."
Those that are born by the Spirit have a heart in which dwells Christ through faith. According to Biblical Anthropology and Orthodox Tradition, the heart of man is the center of his personhood. There, choices occur and decisions are made… there, man meets with God and feels united with all generations of man… Love for His word keeps us on the hard road of His will, so that we may put ourselves second and honor others more than ourselves.
It is unfortunate that there is widespread confusion, not to mention delusion, in the inexperienced, whereby the Jesus Prayer is thought to be equivalent to yoga in Buddhism, or 'transcendental meditation', and other such Eastern exotica. Any similarity, however, is mostly external, and any inner convergence does not rise beyond the natural 'anatomy' of the human soul.