My friend, Carrie Severson, is over at The Huffington Post today discussing her experience with meditation, specifically how it has impacted her career life. She asks us if we depend on meditation in our lives. I told her today that I was historically a poor student in this area--slow to learn.
I blogged earlier last year,
"Meditate. This word previously frightened me. I believed meditation was reserved for yogis and women with henna tattoos. (Child’s pose is the only yoga position I am comfortable in, and I worry I will start snoring very quickly when I practice it.) Upon reading Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, a couple of years ago, I began to learn what meditation really can be and how I could practice it in my own life. In fact, I was already doing it, I just didn’t have a name for it. Meditation is like a muscle- to build it, you must exercise it. He writes, ”Christian meditation, very simply, is the ability to hear God’s voice and obey his word. It is that simple. I wish I could make it more complicated for those who like things difficult. It involves no hidden mysteries, no secret mantras, no mental gymnastics, no esoteric flights into the cosmic consciousness. The truth of the matter is the great God of the universe, the Creator of all things desires our fellowship.” This can be done within the first few minutes of waking up, before you even get out of bed. Reminding myself of the character of God before I even begin my day sets me up to not give into fear, doubt, and anxiety so quickly. I want to do this more: throughout my days, my weeks, and my Sabbaths. Foster goes on to write, “Meditation is not a single act, nor can it be completed the way one completes the building of a chair. It is a way of life. You will be constantly learning and growing as you plumb the inner depths.” I think a life filled with meditation on the Holiness, the goodness, and the abounding and steadfast love of our Lord means a life of rest. A life of Rest in Him." (full post here)
How true it is that we are a people in constant cycle of 'forgetting and remembering'--'forgetting and remembering'!! Carrie reminded me today of a practice that has given me an inner peace and confidence, a practice I quickly 'forgot' in September. But, today I was reminded, and sweet friends, may we head those sweet nudges and encouragements to press on! The journey continues and like my sweet Daddy would sing, "the beat goes on!" wink emoticon