Today’s blog, in anticipation of the Agape’ Project launch on Thursday, March 15, 2012, explores the number one reason people give for NOT meditation or engaging in a spiritual practice…..TIME!
The Number One Excuse
The number one reason/excuse people give for not starting, continuing, cultivating a spiritual practice (meditation, contemplation, prayer, body prayer, mantra, chant, etc. etc. etc. ) is TIME! “I don’t have time.” “I’m too busy.” “My work is all-consuming.” “My family needs me.” “I don’t have time….I don’t have time….I don’t have time.” Right here….and right now….I am going to kick this excuse to the curb….and show you that not only DO you have time……..you can’t afford NOT to do it! And know that I am not going to give you the self-righteous, “If I can find time….you can too” reason. The reason I will give you is nothing short of miraculous and magical. So, feel free to imagine that as I share this reason with you, I am waving my magic wand and the showering light of fairydust and Divine magic is floating your way. 😉
Meditation is MAGIC!
All those people out there who use TIME (or lack thereof) as their excuse for not starting or continuing a mediation practice do not know about the magical power of meditation. In short, here is how it works:
When you give the first 10-30 minutes of your day to God, you get it back a hundred fold!
And I can tell you from personal experience, and from the feedback of experienced meditators…..This is ABSOLUTELY true! I can’t explain why or how this works, but it does! When we set time aside out of our “busy” lives in dedication to our spiritual practice, we get it back in droves! Even more than that…..miraculous things begin to occur. For example:
Solutions to problems fall into your lap
Creative ideas spark
The things that you need to be the person God made you to be miraculously show up
Synchronicities (aka God-cidences) start to show up…..you meet people that help you in your professional and personal journey, seemingly without any effort on your part and other such coincidences.
The opportunities for learning that you need in support of your life’s work come to you…again without much if any effort on your part.
You find the information you need to meet a challenge….again miraculously
You have more time in your life for the things you love
Time takes on a new quality and what used to take a long time to accomplish happens quickly and effortlessly
Life’s challenges become easier to handle and are accomplished more quickly
Again, I don’t know how this all happens…but it does. It’s kind of like God says, “Ok, you’re going to give me part of yourself and part of your day……here is an extra 1000 minutes.”
Try it, You will Like it!
The great news is that you don’t have to take my word for it. Try it yourself and see what happens. Set aside 10-30 minutes out of your day to just be with God. I like first thing in the morning, but honor your own bio-rhythms. Choose a meditation practice to try (from the list I shared with you the other day, or from your own arsenal) and DO IT! Listen to music. Pray. Meditation. Contemplate. Read and reflect on scripture, the sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, Rumi, Hafiz, etc. Chant. Write your own prayers. Hold others in prayer. The activity itself does not matter….what matters is the intent. KNOW that whatever you are doing in those 10-30 minutes is your personal time with God. (And for mothers with infants and toddlers, congratulations, you get two loopholes: holding and loving your children counts as “meditation” when you offer that time to God…..and even better…..if you can get your husband to agree to watch the kids so you can pray…..you get that time back 1 million fold!!!!! YAY……and here’s the frosting on the cake……if your husband helps to support your spiritual practice, he gets that time back 1 million fold too!!!!)
So, what are you waiting for? Set aside some time for God and watch the magic unfold! AMEN!
Authentic Freedom Ministries