Persistence

Thomas Merton (Spiritual Direction & Meditation) talks of those who expect a deep emotional experience each time they sit to meditate. If that fails to happen, they feel dry.

Meditation, like its cousin prayer, requires the persistence to sit day after day in the practice. There are actually great benefits to that practice even if there are no peak emotional experiences. Both the meditator’s physical health and mental health are enhanced by slowing, pausing, and mindfully breathing.

I’ve seen many people searching for those peak emotional experiences. They show up at a church; then they quietly disappear. You see them later. “We just weren’t being fed,” they say.

There is a certain persistence required. Showing up. Doing the work. Being prepared ready to contribute.

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