Meditating With God
It’s no secret that we all get distracted with our day-to-day lives and issues. And the fact that we are all connected to each other with our phones and computers gives even further distraction to what’s important: spending time with God. The only way to do this is to take time to unplug and unwind.
You may be thinking: “That thing people do with sitting down and closing their eyes? That can’t possibly work!” It actually does, and there are proven benefits of this practice.
First, you may have felt intense anger or deep sadness throughout your life. Have you ever had someone come up to you and say, “Just take a deep breath?” It’s such a little thing to do, but it works.
One of the things meditation does is have you focus on your breathing. Zeroing in on maintaining natural or even deep breaths allows your mind to slow down and kick out the brain clutter.
You can also focus on affirmations while breathing. Affirmations are phrases or mantras that we think to ourselves in order to build the mind positively. Positive mind building is another benefit to meditation.
This is even commanded of you in the Bible!
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Dwell on the good things about you and your life! This is what affirmations are for!
I’ll give you some examples to start with:
I feel safe and secure.
My mind is free and open to everything.
I am strong and courageous.
I am worthy of love, kindness and self-respect.
I appreciate my strengths.
I am provided for by God.
Meditation is also about spiritual growth. Even when you get yourself alone in your own thoughts, God is there with you to build that connection of the mind. Meditation brings oneness to you and the Lord, but you can only know this through trying it yourself.
Just take a few minutes to yourself to sit down, whether on the floor or on a chair. Close your eyes or keep a soft gaze. Focus intently on breathing in and out. In and out. In and out.
Try this practice for one minute. After doing this a few times, try five minutes. Then ten. Then longer, if need be!
Don’t feel bad if you have only practiced one day, walked away from it for a few days and then decide to meditate again. Like I said before, it’s a practice. Practice makes perfect!
Affirmations from the following two images:
Stop, Breathe & Think, PBC. (2019). Stop Breathe & Think (Version 4.0) [Mobile application software] Retrieved from https://www.stopbreathethink.com/