I've never been a great sleeper, but not falling asleep or waking up very early doesn't bother me anymore. I use the time to consciously be with God. (This is patterned after Jesus, who got up while it was still dark and went outside to pray--Mark 1:35.)
Meditation does not need to be taboo or a practice only for gurus. This morning I simply closed my eyes and purposefully breathed in Divine Love and exhaled Divine Love. I mentally pictured my sleeping wife and daughters receiving the Divine Love I breathed out. I pictured my son who's three hours away receiving the Divine Love flowing in and out of me.
I concentrated and found my heartbeat. If my heart is going to beat, let it circulate Divine Love. I then consciously breathed love to all the members of my extended family and my church family (past and present). Then I dared to enter that space where I breathed the Divine Love freely given to me by the grace of Spirit into the lives of those whom I perceive to be my enemies. As I breathed Divine Protection upon them, they didn't look like enemies anymore.
Naturally, my mind wanders when I do this. When it does, I simply bring it back to my inhaling and exhaling Divine Love. Before opening my eyes, I pictured the few of those who might read this post as being charged with the positive energy of knowing someone breathed a Divine Blessing he couldn't create but could merely pass along into their hearts.
I encourage you to take just five minutes and practice this simple meditation exercise.
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Rev. Chris Dempsey
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