“By turning your eyes on God in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with God. Begin all your prayers in the presence of God.”
–St. Francis de Sales
For the past two posts, we’ve been exploring the whole idea of meditation. Having a time of meditation can be beneficial in renewing our energy and providing us with clear guidance from God. I’ve been trying out meditation for the past couple of months and it’s been quite the learning experience so far. Although it’s a difficult discipline to acquire, I believe the rewards of meditation far outweigh the effort needed to master it. Here are a few tips to get you started on the road to meditation.
Find a time and place.
For those who are starting out, it might be helpful to reserve a particular time of the day for uninterrupted meditation. It could be in the morning before you head out the door. Or during lunch break after a quick bite to eat. Or right before you go to bed. You might also choose a particular place to do it in. It could be in the privacy of your bedroom. Or sitting down in your favorite chair. Or even at a coffee shop (although this venue can be prone to many distractions). I do the majority of my meditation in my bedroom before I sleep. But I also try to have short spurts of meditation throughout my day at various places like a local park or a coffee shop.
Just be silent.
I’m a talker. Perhaps even a rambler. And so it’s no surprise that I often approach my times of meditation wanting to open my mouth and say all sorts of things to God. I just want to talk God’s ear off (as if that could happen). But I’ve learned that silence is an important part of meditation. In the midst of silence, I can really focus my thoughts on God and who He is in my life. I often find myself in complete peace once I realize that I’m in the holy presence of God.
Keep a journal.
I think it’s helpful to keep a spiritual journal. A journal is used to record the things that God is doing in your live and to note down the specific things He’s teaching you (see post on keeping a spiritual journal here). As I mentioned, I try to have short spurts of meditation throughout my day. And oftentimes, I’ll take out my journal and meditate on a verse that I recorded. Or an event that happened. Or a thought that I had. This helps me re-focus my life by reminding me once again where God has taken me and where He wants me to go.
Approach with anticipation.
Whenever we enter a time of meditation, we should anticipate that God is going to use that time. He will speak to us. He will remind us. He will encourage us. He will guide us. He will direct us. Our times of meditation should be seen as sacred moments where our lives intentionally intersect with the presence of God. Anticipate that God’s going to do something in those sacred moments.
So what are you waiting for? Schedule that next meetup with God and anticipate all the stuff that He’s going to do in your life as you meditate in His presence.