“Once there were 3 bricklayers. Each one of them was asked what they were doing.
The first man answered gruffly, ‘I’m laying bricks.’
The second man replied, ‘I’m putting up a wall.’
But the third man said enthusiastically and with pride, ‘I’m building a cathedral.'” –Author Unknown
Why do you want to meditate? There is not one right answer. Indeed for me my answers changed over time. When you take time to ponder this question you are are more likely to continue meditating.
Here are possible answers to “Why do you want to meditate?”
- I hear it is good for you.
- It is supposed to help me sleep better…. Reduce anxiety…. ______ fill in the blank of something you desire.
- I want my mind body and spirit to work together more easily.
- It will help me draw closer to God.
Your answers will change over time. Maybe with the brick layers if someone took the time to show the first man a painting of what they were going to create it may change his attitude. Or his experience working with the third man may inspire him to see things differently.
I meditate every day because it helps me be a better mother. I am calmer and happier and better able to stay grounded and create peace. I miss it when I don’t. I WANT to meditate every day. I NEED to as much as I need to pray and study scriptures. Luckily, I have a 3-minute routine I can do if my morning schedule is tight. But if I have time I love spending 20-30 minutes meditating. I LOVE it.
Ponder Why do YOU want to meditate? Would you love to have a daily practice for the rest of your life? Do you think you can if it requires only a few minutes a day? What blessings do you hope to get from it?
Pick a time, at least 1 minute, you want to meditate for. Set a timer and then start.
Using your finger movements
Breathe in Peace & Calm
Breathe out and Smile
Repeat until your timer dings!