The Keys To Happiness ~Meditation~
With so much going on in our lives, we need down time to ground ourselves and return to our centers.
Although Meditation is different for everyone, the results should be the same, unspeakable peace.
Think of meditation as a spiritual tune-up.
I do not think the recipe is the same for everyone; I believe that the process varies from person to person. We may all eat from the same dish, touch the same cloth, smell the same rose, and see the same portrait but the experience will be different for each of us. I relate this concept to individual styles of meditation.
I also think of my "Center" as my comfort zone. It is where I go to sit quietly within my mind, escape thoughts and simply BE.
Usually I start by thanking GOD for my numerous blessings, and then I reflect on moments of thanks.
This helps me remove the world (myself included) from my thoughts allowing me to concentrate on that exact moment in time to be present within the flow of energy I know as GOD.
I prefer to meditate early in the morning before my love ones awake, before the first caller, before the first visitor or media device has the opportunity to invade my thoughts and program my day.
I have found that my day is navigated by the first thoughts which were dictated by who called, stopped by or woke up remembering their own personal emergency and decided it should also be mine.
This helps me to process feelings on a deeper level of consciousness, take an honest look. My thoughts are a closer reflection of my intentions after I meditate.
I am present and in the moment.
The Diffference Between Meditation and Prayer
Prayer is beautiful and if you recall my comment earlier, I mentioned that I pray a prayer of thankfulness before I meditate. I believe that prayer is when we talk to GOD and meditation is we are quietly listening to GOD speak peace into our lives.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.