Finding time for meditation can be difficult to do. I have three children, three professional roles, and a hobby-slash-addiction to kicking and breaking boards. Here are three ways to encourage your own meditation practice:
- Keep it simple. Don’t overcomplicate the practice by thinking you need a fancy timer, cushion, or theological reason to do it. Your worry will get in the way of what is actually a very simple act of closing your eyes and creating space for God to speak to you. Simple doesn’t mean easy, but it does mean simple.
- Get some help. Author J. Dana Trent has a theology degree, a husband who was a monk, and a lot of helpful wisdom in her very doable approach to Christian meditation using only three minutes of your day. Check our her book “One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation” available on amazon.
- Choose to return. If (when) your mind wanders, or you miss a day, just gently return to the practice. One monk at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA said that if your mind wanders 100 times, and you choose to come back, you’ve chosen God 100 times and that probably makes God very happy.
You can do this. Try it today!