The good news is there is more than one way to meditate; and stopping your thoughts is not one of them!
There are so many gateways to usher us to that still-point of relaxation and serenity. The sacred sound of silence could be beckoning us through the beat of the drum, through free-flowing movement of Tai Chi, yoga or dance; or while we sing or chant, hike or cycle. Maybe the sound of silence beckons us while we journal, or meander out in nature. Some hear the call while completely absorbed in a creative pursuit while, for others, silence motions us through the repetition of a mantra (sacred word or phrase). For many, sacred silence simply bids us inward when we’re seated on our prayer mat in mindful, and deliberate, quiet contemplation.
The activity that creates single-pointed concentration and takes us out of our head and into our heart space, is not as important as is the commitment to regularly heed the call to go within. When we do we touch the stillness of the sacred space of silence and give our mind a breather.
“Watch carefully, and you will find that there are some things, even in the active unselfish doing, which would better be left undone than that you should neglect regular meditation.” H. Emilie Cady (1895)
Any time can be a meditative moment – it’s all about awareness and intention.
“Watch carefully, and you will find that there are some things, even in the active unselfish doing, which would better be left undone than that you should neglect regular meditation.” Lessons in Truth H. Emilie Cady (circa 1895)
“Do not let waiting in silence become a bondage to you. If you find yourself getting into a strained attitude of mind, or “heady,” get up and go about some external work for a time. Or, if you find that your mind will wander, do not insist on concentrating; for the moment you get into a rigid mental attitude, you shut off all inflow of the Divine into your subconscious.”
H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth (circa 1895)
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