“If you can worry, you can meditate”. I heard Joyce Meyer say this the other day and loved it. It basically sums up meditation in a nutshell. Before I get hate mail about this summary of meditation let me add that there are as many forms of meditation as there are cultures that utilize it.
To meditate as defined by Mr. Webster himself is “to spend time in quiet thought for religious purposes or relaxation”. Most people relate meditation to Buddhist monks, but it gained acceptance into the West in the 60’s and 70’s. Some look at meditation in a negative way because certain cultures began using it in connection with magic. However you look at it, you may be meditating and not even realize it.
Have you ever memorized scripture? Taking a verse from the bible and saying it over and over again to have it sink deep into your subconscious is a form of meditation. Just because you’re not sitting on the floor, cross legged with your eyes shut doesn’t mean you’re not meditating. Part of meditating is filling our subconscious with thoughts that are brought back into our minds at a later time. I often memorize scriptures or quotations that my subconscious brings back to my conscious mind when I am working through issues or problems.
When Joyce says, “If you can worry, you can meditate”, what does that say to you? It tells me if you can roll something over and over in your mind that is a form of meditation. So why would we want to roll negative things such as worries over and over in our mind when we have the opportunity to purposely roll positive uplifting thoughts over and over in our minds? What do you want your subconscious to bring back to you in challenging opportunities? I have enough issues in life without sabotaging myself with more negativity. I vote positive over negative any day. What are you going to meditate on this week?