HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL- JULY 17, 2016-BE STILL
Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director Beth Foster
“Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” — St. Francis deSales
I’ve found meditation to be good medicine for me in combating occasional mild anxiety and depression. I really got into meditating when I was giving up cigarettes, and found it to be one of the most effective tools in cessation.
The problem is, I live with a lot of animals. This can make meditating difficult. No sooner do I sit down and start to drift out of my thoughts than I get a big, wet lick across my face, or someone starts howling to be let outside.
Earlier this week, I had been sitting for about three minutes of a 15-minute guided meditation. One of my cats, Michael, had snuggled up on my left side, and another of my cats, Desdemona, had snuggled up on my rights side. All seemed cozy and peaceful until suddenly Desdemona popped Michael on the top is his head. Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. Then Michael popped her back. Ignore. Ignore. Eyes still closed, still trying desperately to concentrate on my breath, I feel Desdemona stand under my arm where she’d been resting. I feel her back arch and a spray as she hisses at Michael. Ignore. Then Michael hisses … And in the next moment a full out cat brawl erupted on my lap in the middle of my mediation.
I say all this because, even though my meditation ended in a cat fight, it was still good. I had that time set aside when I remembered that I am more than a consumer, more than the work I do. I am was still and connected with my soul and the universe … And some cat claws.
Even though it’s not perfect and real life interrupts — it is because of real life that I need to find those times to be still.
Today’s Action: If you are new to meditation, make time to sit with yourself in stillness for 10 minutes today. Concentrate on nothing but your breath. (There are also some great guided meditations on YouTube that can really help in the beginning.) If you meditate regularly, introduce the practice to a child — or someone else — who has never tried it.
Sharing: Do you meditate? Why or why not. We’d love to hear more about your experiences with meditation on our Facebook page.
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