Quieting my mind is a huge challenge for me – at work, home, during my sleep and even in my prayer time.
Throughout the day, I’m in a constant state of thinking – thinking about what I need to do, to pick up, drop off, which office requested forms, what pills need to be paid, what I’ll have for lunch, what I’ll have for dinner, what’ll be for lunch/dinner tomorrow, what’s on tomorrow’s agenda, next week’s agenda, and so on and so on. Even when my day is over and I’m in bed to rest, my mind continues to race. I have to keep a pen and pad on my nightstand for my “in the middle of the night worry sessions” and I have to write down whatever is on my mind at that moment. Usually, I’m waking up with something work related on my mind and I have to write it down so I don’t forget the next morning. As a result, I realize I’m always living in the tomorrow instead of being present in the now!
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
~Corrie Ten Boom
I was once told that prayer is a two-way street where you speak to God and be still to listen to Him. Well, I’ve had a little trouble on the listening aspect in my prayer life. My prayers typically are a list of blessings for family and friends, worries about tomorrow, my frustrations, doubts, and fears. And I finish it all off with “Amen!”, get in bed and go to sleep. I can admit my prayer life hasn’t been a two-way street; it’s been all one-way with green lights and a speed limit of 80 mph!
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
On an episode of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, Deepak Chopra discussed his life of meditation, how it has transformed his life and keeps everything in balance. His discussion on why we should meditate, stress being an epidemic, resonated with me. Stress is my side-kick; it rarely leaves my side, like a ball-and-chain hooked to a prisoner. I’ve used various methods (reading, running, and eating) to deal/cope with my stress but I haven’t stayed consistent with those approaches (that’s a lie… I’ve been consistent with the eating method). And I digress… Deepak introduced the Chopra Center 21-Day Meditation Challenge™, focusing on Creating Abundance. This meditation challenge would give the viewers the motivation to develop a positive habit in 21-days.
“Mizz Restless Mind” – me – viewed this as an opportunity to challenge myself to learn to meditate, develop a quiet mind, live in the present and listen to God. I want to learn to tap into my Source for the strength, endurance, peace, joy and all that I need… And it’s within me… HE put it there. But in order to tap into it from within, I have to be still… be quiet… and listen.
“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”
Presently, I’ve completed day 8 of the 21-day meditation challenge (by the time this post is published, it’ll be day 9) and I’m feeling good about. Each day, I read my devotional readings, say my prayers, follow the meditation session with follow-through questions, and I meditate again afterwards. My hope and prayer is to continue this practice and be consistent.
I’m giving myself a little TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Change) loving: eat healthy, exercise, meditate and live in the present.
Be blessed and be a blessing,
Fight. Faith. Finish. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)