From Connections: Learn to work out your own salvation through meditation
BIG SANDY, Texas--Since
I started working with Connections, I've written on several crucial
subjects that I wouldn't otherwise have had the opportunity to write
about. I've tackled calendar issues, servant leadership, prophecy
and postmodernism, just to name a few.
This month I've decided to share with you my views on the subject of meditation. Meditation is the oldest form of mental medication in existence. Before Valium, Zoloft or Paxil was in common use, humans relied on their own ability to de-stress by deliberately and consciously clearing their minds of all earthly cares and then rebooting to a site filled with tranquillity.
This is, of course,
a learned procedure. What works for some people doesn't work for
One of the great
meditators of all time was the psalmist David. His music and his
sheep lulled him regularly into a state of serenity, and we are
blessed beyond measure to have preserved for us his most private
and personal inner reflections.
would never have worked for me. David's sheep were thoughtful, loving,
docile, cuddly balls of wool on four legs that lived only to please
David. I'm sure they worshiped him and gazed lovingly upon him for
hours as they sat chewing their cud and he sang songs and played
beautiful music for them.
didn't own the same breed of sheep my kids raised a few years ago.
These "precious lambs" daily escaped from their pen and
rampaged through the countryside. Instead of dining on luscious
green grass, they preferred azaleas.
It was hard to
concentrate on maintaining a serene mental state when your shrubbery
was being gnawed off at the roots.
It was also unwise to turn your back on one of these precious animals, because if provoked (and sometimes with no provocation) they would charge at you and buckle you at the knees.
It should be noted
at this juncture that one sheep was given to my son because it almost
killed a woman. So, you see, what brings peace and composure to
some may not work in all cases. I don't know how David did it unless
he gave Valium to the sheep.
According to modern
church leaders, meditation is a key element in a Christian's life.
It is so important that its value is listed as 25 percent of a person's
righteousness score. (Prayer, Bible study and fasting also hold
a value of 25 percent each.) Without meditation, a person can still
pass his GRE (Greater Reward Exam), but it would be a squeaker.
That is why it is so incumbent upon us to learn to meditate at least
30 minutes every day.
The key to being
able to accomplish this is really quite simple. First you must find
a quiet location where there are no distractions. Church is good
for some people. I personally know a man who is quite self-disciplined
in this regard. He can close his eyes and nothing distracts him
until he hears the final amen.
Which brings up
the question, Is it possible to overmeditate?
It is certainly
something to think about.
What? Me worry?
Second, you must
cleanse your mind of all worldly thoughts and cares. Don't be thinking
about what's for supper or whether you remembered to pay the water
bill. This is not the time to worry about vacuuming the carpet or
mowing the lawn.
After you've cleansed
your mind, the third critical step is to "reboot" into
an entirely different sphere, preferably in the spiritual realm.
This takes a little practice, because if you are like most people
the cleansing of the mind is the easy part--but the "rebooting"
doesn't always occur as quickly as it should. But with a little
practice I think you will ultimately get the hang of it.
If you find yourself
unable to connect with the spiritual realm the first few times,
don't get discouraged. Actually, just to "mix it up,"
sometimes I purposely go straight to the more-tangible, physical
sphere, which can also bring comfort and peace of mind in some cases.
Take for instance
our monthly staff meetings here at the Dixonian Institute. Normally
I arrive feeling a little nervous, so I try to calm myself before
we begin the meeting. This is another benefit of the art of meditation.
is not helped by the fact that one of our staff members has a knife
fetish. When he arrives he is characteristically carrying at least
three knives (and those are only the ones that are visible), one
strapped to his hip, one clipped to the front pocket of his pants
and the other hanging from a lanyard around his neck.
Now, I've known
this man for years, but in this day and age you can't take anything
Thankfully, I've learned to deal with the situation and take whatever precautions I deem necessary. As President George Bush has cautioned us, we must all become more aware of our surroundings. That is why I sit near the backdoor exit (my quiet location). When I'm satisfied that I've acquainted myself with everyone's mood and temperament du jour, I begin settling into my meditative state by cleansing my mind of all my cares and worries. Then I reboot into (in this case) a physically calming state of mind by repeating within my brain,
worked for the postal service, right?"
never mentioned flight training."
It works for me.
It can work for you too. Before you know it, I've gotten my 30 minutes
of meditation in for the day and I didn't even have to wrestle with
If you follow
these three keys of mental medication, they can and will change
your life. It is extremely important to mentally medicate daily
(preferably 30 minutes every day) whenever, however and wherever
it works best for you.
If you don't practice
this vital technique that has existed since the dawn of man, your
spiritual and physical test score just might suffer.
Don't be a squeaker!
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