A generous donor helped the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters (a cloistered Order of nuns, out of Philadelphia, PA, I believe) to set up a live webcam of their Chapel, where our Eucharistic Lord is displayed 24/7! Living in a remote area, I don't have access to Holy Hours of Adoration near me-- so this website has been SUCH a tremendous blessing in my life: www.savior.org When I prayerfully meditate, I often log on via my tablet, and set it up in my icon corner, next to my candle. It's just like I'm before the Blessed Sacrament at my parish! I know that Jesus is truly with me, and-- for those minutes-- all is well in my world, haha!
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I enjoy hearing Christians talk about actually meditating instead of the traditional view I was brought up with of repeating a verse over and over until you're so bored and frustrated that you forget what you're even saying!
I use guided meditations, called Heart Physics. You can check it out at heartphysics.com.
When I meditate, I try to empty myself. I focus on my breath and letting all the anxieties and stresses from the day go, saying (thereabouts) "God I am open to you. Please let me hear what I need to hear from you. Please let this time be about me listening to you and getting the strength and courage from you to do your will. I need to recharge and refresh with you."
Then I try to be quiet and just listen to what I hear. Sometimes the anxieties come back up and then I'll just say "Here God. I've done what I could. All yours." and try to get back to it. If I'm feeling empty or not connected (or the anxieties are piling) I'll say a favorite prayer or scripture to get me focused again.
Meditation can be great for stress relief and as a prayer practice. I like to choose a short scripture or phrase and connect it with my breath. Lately I have been praying "light" on the inhale and "darkness" on the exhale. Filling up with Christ's light and exhaling, letting go of darkness. This is also my prayer, to be a light in the darkness.
One I have used in class comes from "Create in my a clean heart oh God, renew a right spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10)
This one can be done two ways - using the entire verse (inhaling first half, exhaling second half) or just the main idea: Inhale "clean heart" exhale "right spirit."
Another idea to just practice an even breath with names of God.
I usually close my eyes for each of these, but a candle is a good visual focus if that is helpful to you. The idea is to create space for God's peace.
I am so glad you asked this. Meditation gets a bad rap sometimes, but it is a wonderful practice that can help center our hearts on Christ. The stress relief is a major bonus!
When we practice a calming breath, with a breath prayer or focus word on our mats, it becomes easier to get to this calm place when stress/anxiety strike. Return to the breath and the prayer and your body/mind/heart will go to that calm space, too.
Any other ideas out there??
"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new!"
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