This week’s focus in the 4-Week Meditation Series is Meditation through Reading.
What I Did
Each night I read the day’s Gospel or the passage from my Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations book that I tried the previous week. I read the passage slowly, three times, and meditated on the words that stood out most to me.
I tried placing myself in the scene of the reading and thought about what was going on at that time. I thought about why certain words stood out to me and what sort of message I was supposed to get out of this passage. I thought about how these words relate to my daily life and what I was called to do differently.
This week’s meditation experience was kind of a roller coaster. Some nights I really struggled to focus and felt like giving up. My mind was going in a million directions and meditating seemed impossible. I really thought I’d be better able to calm my mind after going through three weeks of meditation already. But I guess it’s not about being perfect, it’s about just DOING it.
Other nights I was relaxed and felt a connection with God and the readings. Meditating seemed to calm my mind and it helped me to sleep better. It caused me to think about things differently, with a renewed perspective, in the following days.
In the future, I’d like to try this type of meditation in the morning. It might be beneficial for me to set an intention for the day, and I’d like to see how it impacts the rest of my day.
I’m so happy I tried this 4-Week Meditation Series, and I’m excited to continue this daily practice. I have now experienced four different ways to meditate, and I can pick and choose which type I would like to do depending on the day. Or I can try something new!
These are some of the other benefits I’ve noticed throughout the last four weeks:
The biggest benefit I’ve encountered is that my prayer life has grown. I am able to feel a deeper connection with God through meditation, and it’s starting to radiate into other areas of my life.
I would highly recommend giving meditation a shot and finding the type that works best for you. Even just 5-10 minutes a day can make a world of a difference!
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