Meditation - Touching Spirit
Daily Quiet Time
Each morning set aside a time a place to cultivate your inner life. Create a simple format for your daily practice to plug into your deeper self, to disconnect from the fever of material life, and experience inner peace.
Here are a few steps you can adopt. Adjust these as you find your own way to meditate, pray, and be still.
Sit down, slow down, and enter the quiet. Establish an undisturbed place in your home for your daily practice. Refer to my “Guidelines for Establishing a Meditation Practice” for a few tips to help you get started. Once you sit down, try this breath exercise for a minute to still your mind.
Begin by exhaling very slowly, then inhale gently. You may observe that the inhale is cool and the exhale is warm.
Pray briefly. Make an opening gesture (Namaste, sign of the cross—a physical gesture to begin your practice). Say an opening prayer. This can be a spontaneous prayer, or a favorite prayer of yours. This prayer helps to lift your attention to the higher mind. Ask for guidance.
Slowly read a few lines of sacred scripture or inspirational poetry. Ponder these words. What is spirit saying to you through these words? Does one word or phrase speak to you? How does this apply to your life, today--your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual life?
Take a few minutes to meditate on the meaning and the message from spirit. Listen to the small voice within.
Write down your discovery. Have a journal to record your reflections. This anchors and helps you to remember your insights. If you have a challenging day, read your journal. It will remind you of your own wisdom and uplift you.
Closing Prayer. Talk to God, or whatever or whomever you relate to in the inner world as your guide. Be thankful for having the time for daily quiet. Express gratitude for the insights and guidance you receive. State any commitments to your inner or spiritual life that you will make based on your insights.
End with a closing gesture.
"In the past meditation was worship, desire, aspiration and devotion. In the New Age it will be thinking, synthesis, joy, bliss, labor and sacrifice, holding the question in the light of our highest intellectual tensions and drawing out the answer, the solution of our needs, form the depth of our Soul."
Torkum Saraydarian (The Science of Meditation, page 17)