The question was asked of me by Lemuel on my Facebook page: How do you maintain stillness? It was such a great question that I thought it deserved a thoughtful response.
Benefits of Learning to Be Still
One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” It is in stillness that we can experience God’s presence.
Learning to be still and maintaining stillness is the ultimate spiritual… Continue reading
“My doctor recommended meditation to reduce stress. I also wanted a meditation with God in mind.” That is a typical email I receive from people that have been diagnosed with a serious health condition.
They weren’t just seeking meditation to relax and relieve stress, they were seeking a meditation to connect with God’s peaceful, healing, loving presence.
In Crisis We Especially Turn to God
With any crisis in life, God is usually who we turn to. That turning… Continue reading
As Christians we are familiar with prayer, but meditation has not been a spiritual practice for many. In prayer we are doing all of the talking! Meditation allows us to listen to God.
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Why trust? You trust without thinking. You trust that any form of transportation will get you where you need to go. You trust the lights will come on when you flip the switch.
But trust is broken, even shattered when something happens that rocks your world: a senseless act of violence, a natural disaster, an unexpected diagnosis, a betrayal.
When you lose trust, you can lose faith and hope.
May this prayer renew your trust, to trust yourself, trust… Continue reading
Part 1 of this post will explain what is contemplative prayer. Part 2 will outline how to do a contemplative prayer practice.
What is Contemplative Prayer?
I describe contemplative prayer as the ultimate meditation. I also like to say that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God. By definition, contemplative means:
- As an adjective: expressing or involving prolonged thought.
- As a noun: a person whose life is devoted primarily to prayer, especially in a monastery… Continue reading
Guided meditation is the fastest way to help you clear your mind of cluttered thoughts to experience God’s peace and presence.
You can certainly be still and quiet your mind on your own, but it’s not easy. Our minds are crowded with thoughts of to-do lists, doubts, fears and judgments.
When learning to be still, your mind will wander off. You’ll find yourself doing your grocery list or composing an email that needs to be sent.
I can only move my feet one at a time.
And I can only move my feet in the direction my eyes lead me.
Be the guide of my vision.
Turn my face to the path you have prepared for me.
Keep calling my attention,
tapping on my shoulder,
whenever I start staring towards my own
illusions and delusions.
In the name of Christ, the Light of the World, who illuminates our souls.
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Perhaps you are impatient because you are waiting on an important answer of some sort. Or, maybe you lack patience, because, let’s face it, we live in a world where everything is supposed to happen now. Nothing happens fast enough, from standing in a line at the grocery store to a business venture that you are working on.
Take a few breaths and read this prayer. Turn your patience into rest.
I come to you to ask for… Continue reading
Feeling bent out of shape? Our choir director always says, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall bend and not break.”
If you are easily irritated, frustrated, or quick to go on a rant, you may want to stop what you are doing and go meditate. Meditation is much greater than a tool used for relaxation.
Meditation will help you not get bent out of shape by transforming your actions from reacting to responding.
We live in a society that… Continue reading
The idea for this blog post came from a conversation with someone that’s purchased several Be Still and Let it Go meditation CDs. We were sharing how much we both loved our church homes. She attends a small church and loves her pastor.
One of his sermons was called – You Put Your Whole Self In but Don’t Take Your Whole Self Out. The title made me laugh as I imagined what was coming.
It was based off… Continue reading