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 can be a profound form of prayer. It can also be elusive, perhaps because it is harder to model than other forms of prayer. Furthermore, it can be hard to prioritize or even practice meditation in a world full of distractions. Meditation has biblical roots and has been a part of the Christian tradition since its origin. The Psalms mention meditation numerous times and emphasize resting in God's presence. Secular meditation, in contrast, is rooted in "mindfulness" — finding the quiet within yourself. A few years ago I read 10% Happier by Dan Harris. The full title is telling: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story. You can read more about the book HERE, or visit the website HERE. The book expanded my understanding of meditation and mindfulness and led me to explore these disciplines further, both in study and in practice. I’ve unpacked several books and podcasts on the topics, all of which have helped me cultivate more meditation practice in my life. Perhaps the most significant experiences for me have been the meditations I use at bedtime and when I’m awake at night. On Tuesday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m., I will offer a Zoom session on meditation and mindfulness to share these experiences more fully. I believe this conversational format will best allow me to share my own experiences while also letting you ask questions and reflect on your personal practice of meditation and mindfulness. I hope you’ll join me for this time of learning from each other.