If we want to experience peace in our everyday lives, it is crucial to practice meditation on a daily basis. I know that's a forceful statement, but it is the truth.
Starting your day without a few minutes (or however much time you can dedicate) of meditation is like a carpenter going to work without his tools. Just imagine all the difficulties that carpenter will have throughout his day because he forgot his tools.
As I discussed last week, meditating in the "Present" will bring about gratitude. This attribute is very important. A familiar saying when someone is complaining, whining, etc., is "Put a little gratitude in your attitude." You can view the cup as half full or half empty; the choice is yours.
I'm not saying that you will never have anything to complain about. In fact, it will be necessary to complain at times. Those of us who are parents know quite well that there are times we need to complain to – or about – our kids. But here's the thing. While it's okay to complain, take care that you don't get stuck. Be sure you achieve resolution.
Meditating on the "Present" also helps keep you from drifting, and so it's important. But no matter how meditating on the "Present" you do, remember that you are focusing on things that are temporary and will constantly change. While you will find peace and resolve, those too will pass.
Meditating on the "Presence" will bring about an eternal peace in your life. There is a passage from the Gospel of John 8:32: "…and the truth [knowledge] shall make you free." As you meditate on the "Presence," you will come to a deeper knowledge of who you are, and why you are here. This knowledge is the truth that sets us free from being entangled in the results and reactions of all that is temporary.
Next week: How to Meditate in the "Presence" and in the "Present."
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