Everyone has a different perspective on meditation and prayer; and it can encompass a very personal routine that makes a daily devotion sustainable. If you are having trouble creating a time, space, or slowing down to sit in contemplation, then you may need some support. There is no wrong way to meditate, but there are some helpful tools to set you up for this necessary discipline.
When is the right time?
In these days of ‘do more, be more’ with less time and energy, we are burning ourselves out. Everyone says they are so busy, too busy to make time for what is important to them. But if you are trying to center yourself in God, in prayer and relationship with them – that is the priority. What better way to set this priority, than to start your day with it? That is why many devotionals occur first thing in the morning, to start yourself on the right path with the peace, calm, and connection you experience with each day.
Keep this one routine and don’t make excuses for why you can’t manage to do it. If you have time to check your social media accounts or watch a tv show, then you have time – just 15 minutes is all you need to meditate and pray.
Where is the right place?
You may kneel at the foot of your bed, walk into nature at sunrise, sit with your coffee on your porch, walk through your neighborhood, or find a quiet place in your workspace. The place you decide to meditate is intimate and the Lord may have drawn you to here in solace or you may have purposefully created a space yourself. Wherever it is, is should be free of distractions and full of quiet.
How do I begin my meditation?
Whether you close your eyes in meditation, deep breathe, read a bible verse, or have a specific prayer that has been on your heart – they are all forms of meditation and reflection. There is no wrong way to pray; but clearing your mind and finding that calm – or focusing on one good word to keep you focused is a great way to start. Calming nature sounds, ocean waves, light instrumental music can also get our spirit in an open and transformative state.
I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.