How do you start a meditation? Do you read a passage from the Bible or the Koran? Do you recite a slice of humor of Yogi Berra or do you close your eyes and let a random thought carry you into meditation? Or do you try your best to clear your mind from all thought? They are all successful ways to begin, and I have tried them all. (Yogi Berra’s humor can kick off some interesting meditations.)
What I have found is that those few minutes or longer of meditation to begin my morning bring a calm to the rest of my day like no other practice. I know it is hard to believe but I used to run in the morning with my friend William. The running was in many ways a form of meditation that enabled me to survive during years of incredible stress.
Whatever form of meditation you practice whether it’s a few minutes in a comfortable chair or a long walk in nearby woods, don’t let the pressures of work or family cause you to cease. We all need that moment of self centering to keep ourselves on an even keel. God gives us a moment or two every day to rest in his presence, we would be ungrateful not to accept his gift.