Day 155, 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.
A desire arises in the mind. It is grasped; immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate that complete peace reigns.
Through meditation and the practice of disciplines such as slowing down and keeping the mind one-pointed, we can learn to do something that sounds impossible: when thoughts are tailgating each other, we can slip into the flow of mental traffic, separate thoughts that have locked bumpers, and slowly squeeze ourselves in between.
It sounds terribly daring – the kind of stunt for which professionals in the movies are paid in six figures. Yet we can learn to step right in front of onrushing emotional impulses and little by little, inch by hard-won inch, start pushing them apart. This takes a lot of solid muscle in the form of willpower; but just as with muscles, we can build up willpower with good, old-fashioned practice.
Once we can do this we will find that there is not the slightest connection between the stimulus and our response. There seemed to be a connection because our perceptions were crowding together. Now that those thoughts have been separated – even for a hair’s breadth – our response has lost its compulsive force. (WLB)
As your day begins, spend a few moments in silence and stillness. As thoughts about the coming day begin to flood your mind, try to find the space, however small, in between them and rest there.
BC The Belgic Confession
CAC The Center For Action & Contemplation
CD The Canons of Dort
CIB Church In Bethesda Prayers
HC The Heidelberg Catechism
NT The New Testament
OT The Old Testament
WC The Westminster Confession
WLB Eknath Easwaran’s, “Words To Live By”
WLC The Westminster Larger Catechism
WSC The Westminster Shorter Catechism