Thursday In the Second Week of Lent

Several readers have written in asking what I mean by meditation when I say the Lenten season is about “prayer, meditation, fasting, and service.” Do I mean “sitting in a room, legs crossed, chanting some mantra?”
Here is a rough explanation. I am sure many of you have a better one, and please send it in as a comment to this post.
Meditation is not a special posture, or a specific set of mental exercises. To me, meditation is the cultivation of awareness and mindfulness, and the actual practice of them once cultivated. You don’t have to sit to meditate, although at times it is helpful to me to be in a comfortable place.  However, one can meditate walking in a park, while washing the dishes or dusting, or listening to music. I often meditate in the shower or when writing the Hubbell Pew.
Meditation is awareness, and when fully cultivated is applied to each and every activity of one’s life. It’s a turning on of all our senses to full volume and capacity, so we capture every thing that is going on around us.
Meditation is not easy, but its benefits are beyond description.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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