With the hectic pace and demands of life, we often feel stressed and over-worked. It feels as if there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. We are so busy we feel there is no time to pray or meditate. This is a mistake and should be reconsidered. During meditation, even for a short period of time, our minds and bodies are stilled and our whole focus is turned toward the Divine Mystery. For this period of time we pause, let go of our stress and calm ourselves. It is can be a restorative time of simplicity, integration and renewal.
“Meditation is a way of coming to your own center, coming to the foundation of your own being, and remaining there—still, silent attentive.” (John Main)
O God, help me to remember that I am always in your presence.
I will try to make a specific time in my daily schedule to stop and have a short period of meditation.
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on, For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Luke 12: 22 – 31
O God, my heart is not proud, my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast;
like a child that is quieted is my soul
O Israel, hope in God from this time forth and for evermore
Psalms 131: 1 – 3
Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation. Learn how to contemplate works of art. Learn how to pray in the streets or in the country. Know how to meditate not only when you have a book in your hand but when you are waiting for a bus or riding in a train.
You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
Saint Francis de Sales