Often, I suppose to be politically correct, the people who write those lists lump everything together into Meditation/Prayer/Quiet time. I come from a western Judeo-Christian background so I’m comfortable with prayer but that’s a very different thing from meditation. At least for me, prayer is a conversation and there are a lot of lists to remember. I like prayer and I continue to do that but the quiet in prayer is like the pause in a conversation. I’m waiting for the next comment.
This morning I found what I’d been looking for. I became aware of how difficult it is to sit quietly and not go over the hundreds of lists that bang around in my head all the time. What am I going to write this morning? Should I go for a run? How about a long walk? Should I take my car in for service? Which day is best? What’s for breakfast? Should I fast this morning? What do I need from the grocery store?
Excuse me, I’m just trying to focus on my breathing here.
So I’m marking this morning as my first real meditation experience. I can feel the challenge of being truly quiet and I have an idea of the reward. If I can start my day with zero going on in my head I’m starting with a clean slate. Now whatever I add to the slate should be simpler. That would be a new way to start. In fact, that might be the reason others do this stuff. I’m going to continue and see how it affects my day and my ability to concentrate on a single task.
How about you? Have you found something of value in a daily meditation? Does it improve your day? I’d love to hear your experience.