I don’t talk much about religion or faith on this blog. It’s a healthy living blog. But really healthy living is also about mental and spiritual health. While I have no intentions on making this a faith based blog, I am being completely and utterly myself in this post and also honest
Every year during Lent, I struggle with the process of finding something to give up. It’s tradition. Giving up a certain habit during this time shows devotion and self discipline. Unfortunately, I don’t subscribe much to the man made portion of religion. I like to look at my faith in many different lights in order to find a closer relationship to God.
So why not instead of giving up something for Lent – add something?
Addition instead of subtraction? Perfect!
I heard awhile ago that prayer is when you talk to God. Meditation is when you listen. And honestly, we could all use a little more time being quiet and just opening our ears. At least I know I can!
So for Lent this year, I have decided to add 5 – 10 minutes of daily meditation.
It is disputed that the teachings of yoga cannot carry over into a Christian faith. It’s roots are in Buddhism. But there are so many teachings in yoga that are also echoed within the bible verses I heard in church. Let me share a few:
Proverbs 4:23 “For above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you.”
Reading the Yoga Sutras – one of the sutras states that yoga is the restraint and modification of the mind. And similarly I found a bible verse that calls for us in faith to be of sound mind
2nd Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind!”
I have no interest in talking the nuances of right and wrong of this. I am just sharing my thoughts and what is currently working for me. My 40 day meditation journey is meant to add something positive to my life and hopefully allow my relationship with God to grow. I am already finding benefit and peace within in it.
Have you ever done a meditation challenge/journey? What were your experiences?