Running in; running out. Running up; running down. Running to; running from. Running here; running there. Running, running everywhere.
Apologies for the bad Dr. Seuss imitation, but is it just me, or sometimes does it seem like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done?
I pull into the parking lot at work some mornings and think, Didn’t I just leave here a few minutes ago? By the time I get home, kick off my shoes, and rustle up something for dinner, it’s pretty much time to go to bed.
Good grief, where does it all end? What can a poor boy do to slow down that clock and take a breather?
Nothing. That’s it. Don’t do anything.
Take some time. Find a quiet place. Sit and do nothing. Don’t move; don’t think; don’t blink. Just close your eyes and breathe. Let your mind rest.
I have heard it said that if you think you don’t have the time to meditate, that is when you need it the most.
In Matthew 6:6, it says, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father, who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
I will be honest and admit that I am not a big prayer. I know how to pray, but I don’t do it every day, or even every week. Once in a while, I’ll have a brief chat with God. Thank Him for something, maybe, but no regular, extended conversation.
As for meditation, I know how to do that, too, but haven’t done any in a good long while, either.
One of the simplest ways to meditate is to sit in a comfortable position, on the floor or in a chair, back straight, head up, close your eyes, or focus on a spot in the distance, and simply breathe in and out. Some say in through the nose and out through the mouth; some say just the opposite. Don’t think about anything, just concentrate completely on the sensation of breath going in and out of your body.
Thoughts will inevitably come to mind – just acknowledge them and let them pass on through, then go back to concentrating on your breathing. Go as long as you can – 10 minutes to start, maybe 15 minutes. Work your way up to 20 minutes, then 30 minutes.
Regular meditation practice promises a variety of benefits, including such things as stress reduction, lowering blood pressure, decreased muscle tension and headaches, increased blood flow, slower heart rate, mood improvement, stronger immune system.
I was told a few years ago by an expert and longtime practitioner that two weeks of consistent daily meditation will begin to produce results.
Prayer and meditation, of course, go hand in hand. Someone told me once that prayer is when we talk to God, and meditation is when we listen to what God has to say back.
Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then, you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Psalms 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
I tell you what … let’s try it. Twenty minutes a day for two weeks, and see what happens. Not only will I report back, I’ll expect to hear some comments about how it is working for you.
Excellent. Now, let me go find that collection of meditation CDs collecting dust on my bedroom bookshelf.
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