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u/[deleted] · 5 pointsr/Christianity

The Eastern Orthodox Church has a long tradition of Hesychasm which includes all kinds of meditation, and watchfulness.

The Philokalia is a good starter book on guarding the heart and other nuggets of spiritual wisdom. [Here is an annotated and explained version.] (http://www.amazon.com/Philokalia-Christian-Spiritual-SkyLight-Illuminations/dp/1594731039/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369060203&sr=1-1&keywords=Philokalia%E2%80%94The+Eastern+Christian+Spiritual+Texts%3A+Selections+Annotated+%26+Explained)It is a great starter book. Its not the full Philokalia, but its really nice because the full edition has a few editions and pretty expensive.

Also check out The Way of a Pilgrim. Its a Russian spiritual classic about a man who hears someone teach on praying with out ceasing(1Thess 5:17), and wonders how a person can pray continually. Don't people have to eat and sleep? he goes on a journey and learns about Prayer of the Heart, and most specifically the Jesus Prayer. And other forms of Hesychasm.

If you have anymore questions ask away. And visit r/OrthodoxChristianity if you have any specific questions.

edit: I'd also suggest talking to a priest, or monk. Most of these practices are meant to be over seen by an older, more experienced spiritual father. It helps you keep from over doing it, or falling into some sort of delusion.