“I’d really like to practice meditation, but I just don’t have the time in my busy life,” is a comment people often make to us.
We need to understand that just as the physical body needs food and water to survive, the soul needs the sustenance drawn from meditation to flourish. Once we begin this practice in our life, we realize that we can’t survive properly without it. Then we make time for meditation, because our soul craves it.
For forty-six years now I’ve been practicing daily meditation, and I know what it has done for me. Let me share with you why I meditate:
I meditate because life can be overwhelming in its outer intensity and demands. My energy becomes depleted and dissipated unless I withdraw to the calm center of my being to refresh and recharge.
I meditate because the complexity and fractured nature of the world makes concentration almost impossible. I love to feel the power of a focused mind, and to bring this concentration to everything I do, perceive, and feel.
I meditate because the sorrows and losses I experience in life sometimes bring great pain to my heart. Friends and loved ones can offer me some solace, but I find true, lasting comfort and peace only in offering my pain into God’s loving presence.
I meditate because the joys and fulfillments in life are also sometimes more beautiful than I can bear. I need to sit quietly and thank God not only for His gifts, but most especially for His constant love.
I meditate because I feel confined and limited when all I experience of myself is my ego. I love the freedom of knowing that I am but a small spark of a much greater reality.
I meditate because questions and decisions arise every day that need wisdom and subtlety to address properly. When I offer these problems to God during meditation, I often receive an answer that is the perfect solution, one my limited mind would never have perceived.
I meditate because it centers my mind on God, and allows me to pray for others with greater effectiveness.
I meditate because there is a wellspring of love in my heart that yearns to flow to and merge with the ocean of God’s love.
I meditate because when my mind is calm and interiorized, I feel my guru’s presence guiding and blessing me.
I meditate because it is the only way that I can know that I am a bubble of God’s joy.
With deepest joy, Nayaswami Devi