Meditate for Life

I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night. Ps 63:6

I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds. Ps 77:12

I will meditate on your precepts, and fix my eyes on your ways. Ps. 119:15

Scientists continue to discover benefits from meditation or, as it is called these days, mindfulness. Being in quiet and stillness for even just five minutes a day can change your personality.

It slows you down–which is a good thing. You can focus on what is important learning to let distractions fade away.

You become quieter and calmer.

Now we are seeing how meditation helps “white matter” grow between the neurons in the brain. This aids thinking and learning. It’s also thought to have a positive effect in preventing Alzheimers and other brain disorders.

It also helps adolescents, as well as adults, improve their emotional well being.

We think this is new. It’s not. Humans have intuitively know this for millennia. David wrote his songs (Psalms) 3,000 years ago. And no one seemed amazed. The word already existed in the Hebrew language.

Jesus had a habit of withdrawing to be with himself and God. We call that meditation.

Paul reports once on the result of a meditation when he talks of being swept into third heaven in 2 Corinthians 12.

Mindfulness teaches one to be in touch with the body. That is good. Meditating on God is the next step. God leads us to visions and brings us to a sense of unity with creation. But that is for another time.

Mindfulness also grounds us in the present. We are not in the future worrying or in the past recriminating. As the Buddhist phrase puts it, “Wherever I go, there I am.”

I should add that we are now seeing evidence that coffee also helps you life longer. Meditation along with a cup of good coffee–that has been my morning habit for many years.

One Response to “Meditate for Life”

  1. josephruizjr Says:

    I couldn’t agree more devotions and coffee are a lovely combination thanks Gary

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