During the Season of Lent, our weekly devotional will feature a personal spiritual discipline for you to try engaging. This week’s discipline is Meditation

Today’s devotional comes in the form of an exercise. You will want to set aside a minimum of 8 minutes to do this exercise properly, and I would encourage you to dedicate even more time if you have it. Should you make Contemplative Meditation a regular practice of yours, try to rise to at least 20 minutes per session. Some find it helpful to have wordless music playing as they pray. Let’s begin.

Place yourself in a comfortable position, which you will be able to remain in for the duration of this meditation.

Begin by breathing.

Breathe in slowly.

Hold it.

Breathe out slowly.

Breathe in again, more slowly than before.

Hold it.

Breathe out once more.

Feel your breath become slower and deeper.

As you breathe, begin focusing your mind with the words of Psalm 46:10.
Be still, and know that I am God.

Be still, and know that I am.

Be still, and know.

Be still.

Be.

Be still, and know that I am God.

Be still, and know that I am.

Be still, and know.

Be still.

Be.*

Imagine yourself in God’s presence.

Spend this time interacting with God, in whose presence you dwell.

[Take as much time as you have or need to remain in God’s presence]

As you conclude, take a moment to consider what you received from this experience, and thank God for the gifts you were given.

*If you enjoyed this taste of meditation, you can find a brief, daily, guided meditation at http://www.carmelites.net/daily-disconnect/ which is also the source for the focusing words provided in this meditation.