I’ve been contemplating contemplation lately. Seriously! I wonder, how many of you have a regular practice of prayer or meditation? On the show On Being (www.onbeing.org), Mirabai Bush, a Buddhist teacher and entrepreneur says about starting to meditate, “…little by little, I started getting really quiet and still, of course all kinds of things came up. But I really began to see that I was not my mind. I was not my body. I was those things, but I was also awareness. I began to see the basic nature of the impermanence of thoughts as they rise and fall away and I just started taking them less seriously.”
I haven’t always had a practice, mostly because it felt weird to just sit there, or to talk to God. Surely God’s got more important things to do, right? Or I didn’t remember to meditate everyday and ended up feeling guilty. Or I’d find that I was just too busy.
But I’ve begun to think of it differently now. I’ve begun to think of prayer as a means to a closer relationship with God and with others. I’ve begun to think of meditation as the starting point of ally-dom or of activism. I’ve begun to believe that meditation might change the world.
So tonight, I’m going to meditate. Not for long, maybe just 5 minutes. I’m going to make a point to say, “Hi, God. Thank you for everything.” And I’m going to breathe deeply. Join me?
I’m considering beginning a meditation group, and am wondering if anyone would like to come along. If you’re interested, let me know!
Join us this Sunday for worship. We’ll have a guest musician, Byron Grimes, a percussionist from Greensboro. Don is out of the office today–recovering from a sinus infection. Keep him (and us!) in your prayers. Newsletters will go out early next week…
I love you, and I love being your pastor.