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Excerpted from Wisdom Bowls by Meredith Young-Sowers. Copyright © 2002 by Meredith Young-Sowers. Excerpted by permission of Stlilpoint Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.
"The ability to choose how we will direct our thinking and our attention is one of the major benefits of choosing to meditate."
Wisdom Bowls, Part 1
Praying is a form of healing because it connects our
inner light with the brilliance of the Divine Light. It is a pause in
our daily busy-ness in order to receive Grace. We may pray for spiritual
insight, the ability to love better, or to be persistent in our
intention to share. We pray for emotional stability, asking to remain
steady in light of challenges that we fear will sweep us under, to
resist temptations or addictive relationships that we know aren't good
for us. We pray for physical health and rejuvenation for our bodies, for
lives that are purposeful and contribute to the greater good. We can
pray for the resources to calm our worries and provide for those we love
and others in need.
Meditation is the time-honored means of furthering spiritual growth. Meditation is difficult because we have over-active minds that want us to listen to them. Our minds play the role of the "parent" in our trilogy of child, parent, and adult. Our authentic selves are the adults, able to mediate between the child (our emotional needs) and the parent (our ever-vigilant thinking). When our "child" is telling us that we would rather sit on the couch and drink coffee than meditate, our "parent" chimes in with how little we're accomplishing and that we could find a better way to use our time. But meditation does strengthen our "adult" through perseverance.
When we make the decision to meditate for a few minutes to a half hour daily, we develop spiritual discipline -- the ability to direct our spirits to take charge of our minds. Spiritual discipline is what we call on to keep us from phoning the friend or lover whom we know is poison for us, or from reaching for the bag of cookies we crave because we're depressed, or from pouring the third glass of wine to drown our loneliness. The ability to choose how we will direct our thinking and our attention is one of the major benefits of choosing to meditate.