Presence with Purpose - Meditating
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Meditating

There are so many ways you can meditate. There is no absolute way. Different traditions use methods of meditating that are specific to their belief system. The main idea of meditating is quieting your mind and body so that you can better connect with God, listen to what He wants to share with you, and contemplate how to apply what He is saying to you for daily living. Here at Sacred Spaces for Spiritual Growth and Development, we will be teaching the form of meditation that is consistent with the Holy Scriptures that is commonly practiced in Christianity. So let's get started...

The first thing I would like to do is establish a biblical precedence and relevance for meditation: Phillipians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things; Joshua 1:8“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”; Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Both texts give great examples that mediation has merit in spiritual formation and growth.

I would like to share with you what has worked for me. If it suits you, then you are welcome to try it and share this practice with your family and friends.
My ideal for preparing for mediation involves ambience. I am a creative soul and love setting an atmosphere of calm and serenity. I have a quiet place at home where I set up my meditation mat. It’s just a specific fleece throw that I have designated for the sole purpose of using only for meditation. You can use whatever you have or nothing at all. Secondly, I like to place small scented candles, my bible, and note cards, and at times, olive oil around my mat. I do this when I am planning on being in meditation for a while. To add, I play soft instrumental music that invites peaceful energy. I like to start off in a child pose. I like this posture because it is one of humility and surrender. I also like to start with deep-breathing. Deep-breathing is everything to centering the mind. Not only is deep-breathing relaxing, it also sends good oxygen flow to the brain and throughout the body. I patiently wait until God places a thought, concept, word, or bible passage in my mind.

The most difficult part of waiting on God is keeping the mind free from distracting thoughts. What you’re aiming for is focused thinking as Rick Warren puts it. Bringing the mind back to a place of stillness takes practice, but it can be done. When I find myself wandering, I initiate deep breathing again. The coolest thing about focusing on God’s word is that the Spirit transforms our thinking in the process. This discipline of releasing our own thoughts and allowing Divine thoughts is a practice worth mastering. Take your time, try not to be hard on yourself if you start drifting. Just bring yourself back present. As I rehearse what God has given me, I begin to foster truth of it manifesting. For example, I like to meditate on portions of Psalm 25. When I focus on whatever segment that resonates with me, I begin to see the realization of it coming into fruition by faith. To make this easy for you, start with a favorite text or an affirmation. Rehearse it in your mind until it becomes a truth for you. Remain still until God gives your further confirmation, or until it is satisfying in your soul. I hope this make sense. If you need more clarity, I’d be happy to chat with you one-on-one. As I stated before, this practice works for me over and over again. My prayer for you is that you find a quiet time to be still so that God can speak to your heart and give you clear direction on the path to which He is leading you.

~Peaceful blessings always.