Day 222, Morning
Today’s morning meditation is available below in audio and script formats. The audio version is also available for free download on the player.
As oil is in seed, so is the Lord within thee, unrevealed.
If we could interview a negative tendency, say, Resentment, it might say, “I don’t worry! I’ve been living safely in this fellow’s mind for years. He takes good care of me – feeds me, dwells on me, brings me out and parades me around! All I have to do is roar and stir things up from time to time. Yes, I’m getting fat and feeling grand. And I’m proud to tell you there are even a few little rancors and vituperations running around now, spawned by yours truly!”
But when you repeat the mantram (a word or phrase spoken to aid concentration in meditation) you are prying resentment loose. You are saying, in a way that goes beyond vows and good intentions, that resentment is not part of the real you. You no longer acknowledge its right to exist.
We use something genuine to drive out impostors that have roamed about largely through our neglect and helplessness. We move closer and closer to our divine Self, because these impostors, resentment and ill will, are no longer coming between us. (WLB)
As your day begins, spend a few moments in silence and stillness. Is there a word or phrase that aids you in your meditation? Repeat it silently in your mind, or even aloud if you wish.
(BC) The Belgic Confession
(CAC) The Center For Action & Contemplation
(CD) The Canons of Dort
(CIB) Church In Bethesda Prayers
(DZ) Donna Z.
(HC) The Heidelberg Catechism
(MAO) Michael A. O’Sullivan
(NT) The New Testament
(OT) The Old Testament
(RP) Ryan Phipps
(TAO) The Tao Te Ching
(WC) The Westminster Confession
(WLB) Words To Live By
(WLC) The Westminster Larger Catechism
(WSC) The Westminster Shorter Catechism