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.
Today's Meditation Monday is inspired by Helen Keller and this thought of hers.
"I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace."
Meditation can bring us that understanding. It can also bring us peace but usually not until we have come to better understand the workings of our own mind.
This is what meditation can be—a time out from life to get to know our self better. When we attempt to sit quietly with our self we get to see the way in which our mind works. Busy or sluggish. Pessimistic or hopeful. Hurt-filled or loving.
We can see each facet of thought or emotion clearly, acknowledge that it is there, then withdraw our attention from it.
When we do this often enough—see each thought or emotion—affirm that it's there then release it, that is when we truly begin to understand.
We see how we get caught up again and again in our thoughts and feelings. We can see how they take us away from our innate peace. We see how releasing them allows us to enter into a more peaceful state (even for a few seconds).
We see the value of Ms. Keller's perspective. Understanding can bring peace, especially self-understanding, and that is a very good thing.
Today, when you sit down for a few minutes of "time in" with your self, set the intention to understand yourself better. Don't worry about accessing peace or bliss.
Have no attachment to any thought or emotion that arises. Nothing is "good" or "bad." Likeable or unlikeable. It's just thought. Just emotion.
All is well.
Peace is unfolding breath by breath ...
Photo Credit: "Peace in the Morning"
©2012, Janice Lynne Lundy
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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 director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.