When many people think of meditation, they often picture someone of Eastern descent, sitting cross legged with their eyes closed, hands resting on their knees in the “ok” sign, crazily saying, “Ooohm” over and over again. At least for the longest time, that’s how I pictured it.
Meditation has become an increasingly more popular practice among many high influential leaders and celebrities and for good reason, too. Meditation provides us a chance to slow down, reflect, clear our minds from distractions, and connect with God. We often see Jesus taking a moment to himself, leaving the disciples to pray in solitude. Even though meditation has spiritual connotations for many, for Christians I believe meditative prayer is a crucial practice. It feels counter intuitive, to stop and focus on the task at hand or to just simply be a human being when the world is telling us to hurry, hurry, think, and go. However, prayer that has intentional purpose allows us to refocus, recenter and stay focused on the prize that lays ahead of us.
With how busy our society has become, more than ever it’s important to slow down.
God speaks to us often, in these quiet, sacred moments and we don’t want to miss it.
Here are 3 ways you can easily incorporate this practice into your routine to create small pockets of meditative time with God:
This app provides beautiful, simple, Biblically guided meditations, Scripture and a short prayer. They offer a 2 minute, 5 minute, 10 minute and 15 minute options. I often will listen to the 2 minute one while I’m getting ready in the morning, allowing me to focus on God and how I can serve Him throughout the day. There are a wide variety of topics to choose from, if you’re going through a certain issue such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, forgiveness, or even if you want to pray for your children. I highly recommend making this app a part of your routine.
2. Take a walk and listen to a daily Christian sermon.
The first thing I do in the morning is get up and take our dog outside for a walk. I pop in my ear buds and listen to a short, 15 minute podcast from some of my favorite preachers. Those that have daily podcasts are Joyce Meyer, John Piper and even Chuck Swindoll. If you search around, you’re bound to find someone who can lift your spirits and point you towards Christ with encouraging words first thing in the morning. I’ve found this practice is a game changer for getting my mindset in the right place and helps set the course for the rest of the day.
3. Only do one thing at a time.
This is way easier said than done. Multitasking is rarely as productive as we make it out to be. When we stay present, focus on the task at hand and think through things thoroughly, we become much more effective as leaders, friends, spouses, and disciples of Christ. Staying present and focused can be expressed in different ways. Here are a few:
- When meeting with a friend or colleague, keep your phone in your pocket or purse. This shows them that you’re there, you’re present and you’re ready to listen to them. For some, we like to keep our phones out on the table in case of emergency, so instead set a special ringtone for your spouse or child care provider so if it were to ring, you know it’s necessary to pick it up.
- Only keep tabs open in your internet browser that you need for the task at hand. Close them out as you go.
- If you’re in the middle of a crucial task, set everything into airplane mode and let your colleagues, family, whoever is around you know. You’d be surprised at how much you can get done without interruption.
Meditation – practicing the presence of God – is an incredibly beneficial practice and everyone can take time out of their day to recenter and connect with God. Charles Stanley says it best: “I’m convinced that the man who has learned to meditate upon the Lord will be able to run on his feet and walk in his spirit.”