If you can worry, you can meditate.

meitate (1)“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?

 

 

  • Sherry Carver

    I think meditation is done in so many ways. I find that organizing and cleaning help me sort through the many things going on in my brain and allow me to think while physically achieving something. It seems when my surroundings are organized, I am calm and can move forward. My husband loves yard work and calms his stress that way. Thank you Jenny!

    • Sherry – I agree chaos can be very distracting. Thanks for the tips, great advice.

  • Sheryl Balthrop

    Well said. We have enough issues in life that we should not be sabotaging ourselves. I wonder how often we fail to recognize that we have the choice as to what we choose to focus on. Nonetheless, even when committed to the instruction of Philippians 4:8, many of us still struggle.

    • Sheryl – I love Philippians 4:8. You are right, we are easily swayed from what we should be thinking on to the crisis of the day.

  • Melissa AuClair

    So true! And I often find that when I can’t sit still for 10 minutes and focus on a bible verse or just breathing and being still without thinking three million things an hour…this is a sign that I’m not well in my mind. I’ve been incorporating baby periods of silence and solitude into my days to learn to be still, to evaluate what is going on in my mind, and focus on the good instead of churning on the unknown. Thank you for your encouragement!

    • Baby periods are a great idea. Even the small steps are improvements, right. Thanks for the comment and keep moving forward.