GRACED. That is my personal challenge for 2013, and I invite you to join me. No deadlines, no pressure, no obligations. Absolutely nothing to lose, but so much to possibly gain.
How do you get rested and centered every day? Easy: Sit in quiet meditation for at least five minutes. Meditation doesn’t have to be weird or exotic. At its best, meditation clears the mind of everything. You’re in a comfortable position, still and quiet, with no distractions or worries. If your mind starts to wander to unpleasant things, simply bring your focus back to your breath. Listen to your deep inhales and exhales. If your mind won’t slow down, try counting your slow breaths.
If you still can’t clear your mind, I’ll provide a daily verse for you to meditate on. You can think the verse over and over again if you wish. It’s better than making a mental grocery list or wondering what’s on TV tonight.
My favorite places to meditate are in nature, the most relaxing environment. Go outside if you can. But it’s not always possible to escape to nature, so I’ll also include a picture with the verse. Study the picture, then close your eyes and imagine yourself there. A mini-vacation wherever you are, whenever you need it!
Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Mark 6:31: “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
These two verses are the basis for this project. When we are still, we connect with our spiritual sides. The stress of the day dissolves, and our troubles are put into perspective. Everything disappears but you and your breath. In the end, the breath is all that matters. As long as you’re still breathing, you can make a difference in your life and in the lives of others.
Most people make resolutions to exercise and move more, yet here I’m making a resolution to sit still. The irony isn’t lost on me. Exercise daily too! But our culture tends to be mentally on the run. All that running is detrimental to your wellbeing. Daily meditation improves your wellbeing. Do a Google search on the health benefits of meditation, and you’ll find a wealth of research to back up my claim.
So study the picture and verse, find the best spot to sit still in, and set a timer for five minutes or more. Then all you need is the sound and gentle movement of your breath, resting and centering your body every day.
Leave a comment on this post if you’re joining me in this challenge! It’s never too late to try it. All the photos and verses can be viewed on my Facebook page OR my Tumblr. Wishing you a GRACED 2013!