Meditation

Monday 27th March
 
Psalm 77:6
Let me remember my song; let me meditate in my heart

We don’t meditate to become good meditators,
we meditate to be more awake in our lives.
– Pema Chodron
 

The form of prayer that I feel most natural with is meditation.
When I say feel most natural with,
it does not mean to say I find it easy or comfortable,
I certainly do not,
there are times when it is hard work and a real struggle.
But it is the form of prayer that feels right for me
and I have practiced meditation now for many years.
I was actually first taught to meditate
by a Buddhist monk while I was in my early 20’s
and it changed my whole attitude to prayer.
Up to that point my way of praying had been very wordy,
a lot of talking and not much listening.
Learning to meditate
taught me about silence and stillness in prayer
which suited my personality well.
The method I was taught is much the same as I still use today:
to simply repeat a mantra
and be aware of my breathing in and breathing out.
While I was introduced to meditation by a Buddhist
I soon discovered that it was a rich part
of my own Christian tradition as well,
in fact the Buddhist monk who taught me
was also the person who introduced me to the Jesus Prayer.
My central form of prayer each day now is to simply sit quietly
and gently repeat my mantra:
Jesus, Christe, Eleison – and then breathe in and breathe out.
Try it today for just a few minutes.
Sit up straight, repeat a mantra, and be aware of your breath.

Pema Chodron writes:

When you meditate don’t worry about achieving.
Don’t worry about perfection.
Just be there in each moment as best you can.
When you realise your mind has wandered off again,
simply, very lightly acknowledge that, and begin again.
This light touch is the golden key.