Does this speeding, ever-changing world ever leaves you feeling like you don’t even have time to think?
Sometimes you need to clear your mind. But if you empty it, with what will you fill it?
Let’s be honest, most of the times we can’t survive 5 seconds without thinking of something. At least that is the case for me.
So I did some research and coloring, reading and meditation helps a lot when it comes to declutter your mind. Apparently some of the benefits are that you improve your concentration, unleash inner creativity, improve your motor skills , release negative thoughts, anxiety, stress and more.
I would like to tackle a bit with meditation but because this is such a large, vast and deep subject I strongly recommend to read “Celebration of discipline” by Richard J. Foster.
First I want to set it straight. I am not talking about “5 steps of meditation” or other similar useless (for me) advice. Because like I said, if I am going to empty my mind, I better make sure that something better comes in, something that will help lift me.
Richard note in his book, “Eastern meditation is an attempt to empty the mind; Christian meditation is an attempt to fill the mind. The two ideas are quite different.” And he’s right. Did you know that the Bible uses two different Hebrew words to convey the idea of meditation, and together they are used fifty eight times. These words have various meanings: listening to God’s word, reflecting on God’s works, rehearsing God’s deeds, ruminating on God’s law, and more. In each case there is stress upon changed behavior as a result of our encounter with the living God.
The right kind of meditation should send us into our ordinary world with greater perspective and balance.
And so it seems that it all comes down to discipline. Discipline yourself to search God more and to quiet your mind from all the stressful, negative thoughts. Because in the end you are not helping yourself by worrying and wondering what if.
Use your imagination, it will help you anchor your thoughts and center your attention. And pray, search, focus on your soul before you start panicking on the world surrounding you.
After all meditation introduces us to the inner life, study transforms our minds, and prayer brings us into the deepest and highest work of the human spirit.
I encourage you to read, learn, invest in your thoughts and soul. I kept it short because the beauty of it all is to discover yourself, as sometimes we do not need to be told what to do, we just need a steer into the right direction.
So enjoy your reading, coloring or meditation. Choose one, or combine them but make sure you keep your mind sane and healthy.
“True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it.” – William Penn
Disclaimer: Like I said this was inspired by the book “Celebration of discipline” by Richard J. Foster
Photo credit: Tumblr kvtes