Praying you are living with faith and peace in your heart and soul.
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that it is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." ~Joshua 1:8, Holy Bible, KJV
This scripture has everything to do with the way I’m living my life right now. Meaning, I am meditating, day and night, on chosen scriptures, and I feel peace because of it.
In 1999 I heard my favorite speaker, at the time, Gordon B. Hinckley, mention that he meditates, and suggested to others, to do it too. Not long after, I got a book on meditation for beginners and began the journey of quieting my mind. I’ve been meditating since.
When I began this path, 21 years ago, it took me about two weeks of meditating, at the same time every day, to quiet my mind. The goal was to meditate 30 minutes, at the exact same time every day. It took me one month to successfully sit with a quiet mind for 30 minutes.
Four distinct things happened during this time of my life.
First, I discovered, for years, I was unknowingly, nonstop, on the go with my body and mind. In other words, habitually practicing the hurry up and racing mind disorders.
Second, I literally relearned how to relax, without having to remind myself. The practiced meditation allowed body and mind relaxation, and it became a part of me.
Third, the most amazing opportunities began to happen in my personal and professional life. Literally, things were falling in my lap, so to speak, and possibilities, and options were handed to me.
Fourth, I became extremely alert and aware of my negative actions, behaviors, beliefs, thoughts, and words. This awareness began a change in me. This change was a movement from carnal conditioning, to a spiritual awakening.
In the scripture above it says, "then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." This is true for me, and is only the beginning. Can you imagine meditating for over twenty years, and knowing it's just the beginning?
I live the most prosperous and successful life I could ever have imagined. This prosperity and success is from the peace I feel in my heart, right now! This peace has everything to do with my connection, guidance, and inspiration from God.
This is spiritual success. Spiritual success, is true success to me. Living by the spirit, who we really are, gives me everything I've been asking for and didn't even know it.
Compassion, confidence, faith, patients, love, and trust, has been obtained in large quantities, from practicing meditation and striving for a connection to God.
I've had the most amazing careers, and have lived in the most magnificent homes and neighborhoods. But, not one of these titles, or environments, brought the prosperity and success of peace that the connection to God, has brought me. This peace has come, and continues to, through practicing meditation of the mind and relaxation of the body.
There are three kinds of meditations that I practice.
First and most importantly, I quiet my mind, and focus on my breath and heart beat, several times, throughout the day.
"Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." ~Psalms 46:10, Holy Bible, KJV
When I practice quieting myself, I calm my body and mind. It is my humble opinion, from experience, in this relaxed state, guidance and inspiration from God comes. In this practiced, quiet, way of being, we can find, and recognize God more.
The second meditation I practice is, I choose a scripture, memorize it, and try my best at keeping it at the forefront of my mind, throughout the day, and for a specific amount of days. This helps me create spiritual habits by focusing on spiritual things. This has, and still does, help me change my conditioned, habitual, human thoughts of fear, to more faithful behaviors and beliefs.
The third kind of meditation I practice is visualization.
The carnal, training of the human experience teaches us to meditate upon, and visualize doubt, fear, and worry of the future and past. Many people do these stressful habits by default.
When I visualize, I do it to recondition, and retrain my way of thinking by desire, rather than default. This practiced visualization sustains a habit of using my creative, and critical thinking skills by desire, and promotes great faith in myself. This faith replaces fear, and cultivates confidence.
This meditation of visualization is easy and fun. All I do is ask myself, "what do I want?" followed by the phrase, "I'd like a...." Then I fill in the blank, and think of all the things, in intricate detail, I'd love to have in my future. This doesn't mean I'll have them, and whether I do or not, I'll be fine, either way. This exercise gives way of training myself back to the fruit of the spirit of love and joy. It's fun! I remember doing it as a child, and I have relearned it in my adulthood.
I believe with all my heart and soul, my faith in God, my never ending dropping to my knees, my praying to Heavenly Father night and day, in despair, for years, and my asking for guidance and inspiration, has led me to this path. This spiritual path has led me to live the life of luxury.
This life of luxury that I speak of is specific to my needs and wants. This life of luxury is prosperity and success to me. My prosperity and my success have everything to do with what I’ve been asking for nearly my entire life. I've been asking for connection to God and how to live from the spirit.
This prosperity and success, this connection to God, and living from the spirit is peace.
I do not know if 25 years ago I could absorb or understand the words that I speak now but, there are words that I have read that led me to this path.
It is my belief, through meditation I heard God‘s guidance and inspiration.
So it is my never ending endeavor to write these words of direction, pointing in the way of this life of luxury, of living by the spirit.
It is with this explanation and scripture that I give you this homework for the next four days. Meditate upon, and memorize the scripture...
"Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." ~Psalms 46:10, Holy Bible KJV
1) Meditate upon and memorize the scripture when you wake up first thing in the morning. Consciously, make this scripture your first thought, say it in your mind a few times, as you are waking, and lay there if you can for a few minutes thinking about it.
2)In the middle of the day, at the same time, every day, preferably near noon, go into a quiet secluded place and meditate upon the memorized scripture. Take a minimum of five minutes to contemplate it.
3) When you lay your head on your pillow, to retire for the evening, go to sleep thinking upon this scripture.
4) Strive to think about the scripture throughout the day, as often as you remember, and what it means to you.
5) Lastly, get a note book, and write your spiritual experiences down. You will be so grateful to read these when times are trying with much troubles.
This is a way of reconditioning, and retraining, to return to the spirit, of who we really are. If a person has had anxious, angry, or depressed, habitual, practiced, thoughts for years, it may take some time to return to the spiritual originality.
This is for the person who has been asking God for connection, guidance, and inspiration. I believe with all my heart and soul that this is a way.
Like in my last post, the scripture that says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and a sound mind." ~2Timothy 1:7, Holy Bible, KJV, we are using our power, our love for our self to do this, and a sound mind.
This is about enduring to the end, never giving up, and striving for God and spirituality.
This is about, in my humble opinion, being about your business between God, and you.
This is about the power that we have to never give up.
This is about the love that we have from God, for ourselves, and for others, to provide an environment, and life of luxury, of love, of power, and through a sound mind.
When a person begins to govern one's body, and mind, with and through this spiritual meditation, he or she will discover his or her power. If a person hasn’t yet discovered one's value and worth comes from within, from the spirit, and leads to prosperity and success, I believe he or she can, and will, through this power.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to follow the directions given above.
This is a great time for spiritual experiments. Try it, and if it works, make it a permanent practice. This, my dear friend, is the way to destress yourself.
God bless you...
Ever praying for your comfort and strength...