Monday morning comes and many of us hit the pavement running ... work, chores, errands. A frantic pace begins.
Instead of greeting the day in a hurry, make a different choice. Set aside some time to quiet yourself. Sit, and engage the precious moment, a moment that will never come again.
Join me every Monday, when I'll provide a little pause, an original reflection to help you greet the day with grace and gratitude.
Meditation has been defined and described in many different ways, but here is my favorite:
A definition as simple as this takes all the mystery out of the practice. It also gives the burdensome "shoulds" a hefty heave-ho!
If meditation is nothing more than focused attention, it stands to reason that you could focus wholeheartedly on one thing and find yourself in a meditative state. Voila!
Now, what to concentrate on? That's the juicy part: anything you like.
A flower, a word, your breath, God, a point 6 ft. in front of you, an icon, music, your hand, a flame, a sacred object, the moon ... the list goes on because, as you may already know, there is no one way to meditate. There are a myriad of ways and if anyone tells you there's only one, they're sadly mistaken.
So, on this Meditation Monday focus your attention wholeheartedly on just one thing.
Breathe, gently, naturally, riding the soft waves of your inhales and exhales.
Point your attention to the object of your attention.
When your attention wanders as it undoubtedly will, simply bring your attention back to the object of your attention.
Sustain your practice for 5 minutes and you've done very well. Try for 10 or 15 minutes if you're so inclined. No pressure. Stretch your wings when you're ready.
Above all, enjoy. Ride the waves of your breath home to your true self.
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.