Organize your attitude #4
Meditation is rather hip right now, but the kind of meditation I am speaking of is not emptying our minds, but rather filling them.
The Psalms speak of meditation, and in the New Testament we are exhorted to meditate on what is good and true and upright and beautiful. Think on these things.
We are thus commanded with good reason: it is good for us. It is good for our attitudes. It is how we keep a proper perspective and align our judgement.
Have truth on which to meditate.
In order to meditate on truth, we have to know truth. We have to be filling our minds with truth.
Daily Bible reading and prayer are essential to an aligned and vibrant attitude. Without it, we are tossed on the winds of our emotions. We need the centering and stabilizing of God’s Word for our hearts and minds.
But we also need bite-sized truths to meditate, not just general reading. To meditate means to deliberate over, to ponder, to consider, to mull over. We can’t really mull over chapters upon chapters at a time. We need to give ourselves little segments to sink down deep, little bit by little bit. Over a lifetime, it creates a deep well.
Reserve time in which to meditate.
Mediation takes time. It’s not a quick little task that can be checked off. It’s something happening in the background of your mind as you go through your day. It’s something that needs mental space as well as time. And time for such things has to be carved out. It doesn’t just happen.
Here are some ways meditation might fit into our lives at home:
- Morning devotions
- Evening devotions
- Scripture memory work with kids
- Thinking while taking a walk
- Copying Scripture onto a daily index card
By weaving habits of reading, speaking, and thinking about Scripture into our day, we can maintain a resilient and centered attitude.
The first audio lesson in the Simplified Organization: Learning to Love What Must Be Done includes examples of meditating on truth, whether it be Scripture or centering and inspiring quotes. I believe this is a life- and attitude-altering practice and one I want to share with you.
I’d love to send you the first audio lesson from Simplified Organization: Learning to Love What Must Be Done for free.