Working towards my writing resolution for this year, I’m focusing on four things to do in my spare time. – Learning, Blogging, Working, Reading.
Part of my learning experience has been to try to listen more intently and effectively. I’ve discovered that nothing sharpens your listening like a guided meditation. I can’t tell you that I’m an expert, or that it’s changed my life… yet. But I can tell you that I have faith in the process.
Now, not all guided meditations are created equal. I have turned to the master of guided meditations, Deepak Chopra. I guess I’m rediscovering him, as I used to listen to him years ago. His voice is relaxing to me, even when my mind wanders and I stray from listening.
He’s written roughly 50 million books. I may be exaggerating a little, but it feels pretty close to that. I’ve made it my goal to dig in, but I’m afraid to listen to audiobooks by him, especially while driving. That voice. One way or another, I’m going to sleep.
If this feels to new-agey to you, there is an element of that. Maybe you feel like prayer is the same thing. Some think that meditation is a secular form of prayer. I think that they’re two components of the same thing. You might call it God, or some other name (Mother Earth, Higher Power, etc.) For this example, we’ll call it God.
So, when you pray to God, you are putting something out there. Sending something to God, or into the universe. When you meditate, you are listening for the answer. I wish I had this explanation at hand for my grandson when he was talking to me about prayer. He asked me “But, how do you hear God?”
I think that this is a problem for most of us. When we pray, we tend to say “Here’s my problem, God, and here’s what you should do to fix it.” As if we would know. Then we get frustrated and feel that God’s not listening when things don’t go our way. How many times have you prayed for something that, as it turns out, would have been a disaster?
We never know whether something is a blessing or a curse. Some things may not be revealed to us in this lifetime. I don’t know what the big picture… the grand plan, is. I could have the whole thing wrong. I’m actually not trying to figure things out. I’m just going to believe that things will work out exactly like they’re supposed to.