October 14

Reflection

It often 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 often 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 Holy Mystery. For this period of time we pause, let go of our stress and calm ourselves. It is a restorative time of simplicity, integration and renewal and can be twenty minutes each day that become life- changing.

Prayer

O God, help me to remember that You are always present to me.

Action

I will try to make a specific time in my daily schedule to stop and have a period of meditation.

Suggested Reading

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

Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.
Saint Francis de Sales

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there—buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day
Deepak Chopra

One hour’s meditation on the work of the Creator is better than seventy years of prayer.
Muhammad

Just as you wouldn’t leave the house without taking a shower, you shouldn’t start the day without at least 10 minutes of sacred practice: prayer, meditation, inspirational reading.
Marianne Williamson

Mindfulness is a quality that’s always there. It’s an illusion that there’s a meditation and post-meditation period, which I always find amusing, because you’re either mindful or you’re not.
Richard Gere

At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.
Ringo Starr

Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.
Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
Marcus Aurelius

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