By Linda Gurt
Meditative techniques have been used for centuries in many cultures. Moreover, there are numerous physiological and psychological benefits to meditation. For example, studies have shown reduced blood pressure, increased oxygenation and better mental acuity. However, we are often leery of this practice for many reasons. For example, when we imagine sitting on a floor in a dimly lit room, legs crossed and hands resting in an upward posture on the knees, we feel silly or imposturous. Perhaps, we believe that meditation is rooted in eastern religions and has no place in Christianity. This could not be farther from the truth.
We go about our days thinking about what we must do and where we need to go that we are not present in that particular moment. While driving our kids to soccer practice or art class, we rarely think about THAT exact moment in time with our children. When we rush to get dinner on the table, homework completed and bills paid, gentle moments with our spouses and families are lost. Life’s stressors pull our minds in so many directions that we lose this precious time with those that we love. It is easy to forget that this direct point in time will never return–we will never experience this again. Mindful meditation helps us to stay present. When we are mentally open to the moment at hand, we connect to those we love.
Mindful meditation can take place in any quiet environment and it only takes a few minutes. Sit in a chair and close your eyes. Focus on how the cushions feel on your legs. Congratulations! You were mindful. Clear your mind of everything except for the word “light”, whatever that word means to you. Breathe deeply and rhythmically. And when your mind wanders (and I guarantee that it will until you are well-practiced), bring it back to “light”.
Is it easy? Nope. Can it be done? You bet. It takes application and determination. Meditation allows the light of the Lord to speak to us. Meditation provides a connectedness to ourselves which allows for a connectedness with God and others. It reminds us that we need to be present and mindful to experience Him. It helps us to see His light in those we meet and in those we love.
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