It is often said that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God – but we need to remember that God doesn’t shout; He speaks to us in “a still small voice”(1 Kings, 19:12). If, in meditation, we are to hear that still small voice we must develop good listening skills. We must learn how to quiet the continual chatter that goes on in our minds, and we must learn how to focus, and filter out the external distractions that compete for our attention. There are many tools and techniques that are helpful in that regard; but the most important element in the practice of meditation is practice – and a heart-felt desire for communion with the Divine.
In today’s world as never before, we need to listen for that still small voice. There is comfort and guidance to be found in the silence – guidance which will lead us safely through the turmoil and chaos that seems to dominate almost every aspect of modern life; and comfort in knowing that our lives are centered in the all-pervading, all-encompassing eternal life and love of God.
The Center of Calm Meditation Group meets at 10:30 A.M. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. You are invited to join us – in person or in spirit – and to join with us as we strive to be a calm center and a positive force in our church, our community and our world.