Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Meditation

Prayer and meditation are essential to a healthy life, a healthy you.  It is our way of trying to hear God and receive his message for us.  I know I need to get better at finding "quiet" time but like most mothers, I live a very busy life.  The day starts so early and ends late.  There usually isn't a lot of time to myself, but the good thing is that we just need a few free moments.  We really need that precious time to refresh and recharge our self.  It helps people focus and obtain inner peace and strength. There are so many demands on moms to be the organizers and managers of our family, so meditation helps lower stress levels and improve our clarity. 
Plan in advance when you're going to meditate, whether it's during the baby's nap, or after your spouse comes home from work.  If you work outside the home, plan on meditating first thing in the morning before the kids wake-up or last thing at night may work best.  Find a quiet place in your home and turn the volume off on your phone. If the sounds of family-life intrudes, consider a white noise machine like meditation music.  Gather a couple of items that you will begin to associate with your meditation, like a special throw pillow, a candle, or a peaceful picture.  Pick a comfortable position and keep your spine long so you can breathe deeply and easily.   Make every effort to avoid thinking about paying the bills or  the huge problems that need to be solved.  As you relax your thoughts you will start feeling your body relax.  It might seem like nothing is happening or there isn't a huge benefit, but stick it and you will start to see the difference.  It is about taking care of "you" and receiving the gifts meant specifically for you.  

 

5 comments:

  1. Hi, I popped over for a Pause in Lent (I'm doing it on Sundays and Wednesdays :)). You are so right that we need time to sit and refresh and recharge. I love to grab my large print study Bible, that has so many of my favorite and encouraging Bible verses, and spend quiet time reading from the Word of God, praying about it, thinking about how to apply it, and listening to God speak to me through HIs Word. When the Sandwich Generation duties, such as babysitting grandchildren, get me up and on the run too early to do that, I'll listen to a favorite pastor's sermon mp3 on my iPod as I drive. It's not as quiet or peaceful, but it's amazing how God can use that time, as well, to refresh and re-energize me. :) Praying for God's blessings on you and your aunt this week! :)

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  2. it's the first thing I do in the morning...before email, kids or husband. That way I'm focused!
    LIB
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  3. I believe in this post 100%. If we don't have time for ourselves, we will not be as caring and able to give to others. You worded it beautifully as well.

    Following you from the March Blog Hop.

    Leetah East
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  4. Excellent advice, Yoli. I'm reading a really good Lent book by a Jesuit priest. He adds that the things we think of as 'distractions' to prayer and meditation are the stuff of real life, the stuff where God wants to meet us. Therefore he says we should consider each thought that 'pops' into our heads during meditation, recognise it as interesting rather than negative, and then decide if it is a thought we should put to one side for now, or one we should pray on. I really liked this advice on how to deal with all the silly little things that float through my mind during prayer and meditation!

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  5. Jiddu Krishnamurti telling a joke...

    “There are three monks, who had been sitting in deep meditation for many years amidst the Himalayan snow peaks, never speaking a word, in utter silence. One morning, one of the three suddenly speaks up and says, ‘What a lovely morning this is.’ And he falls silent again. Five years of silence pass, when all at once the second monk speaks up and says, ‘But we could do with some rain.’ There is silence among them for another five years, when suddenly the third monk says, ‘Why can’t you two stop chattering?”


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