This is the time of year we prepare to celebrate Easter, the triumphant rising from the dead of our dear Lord.
It is good we have several weeks to contemplate all the implications of this mystery. What does it mean to us, what does it show us, how does it fit in to the physical world as science paints it?
Lent, if used as a time for prayer and meditation, gives us time for contemplation.
If we search deep within, past the physical barriers and mental concepts we fall into the endless open expanse without limit or constraints. We fall into our eternal self, our everlasting nature. And what other point is there to life than to go beyond what constrains and contains us in the concept of terminal earthly beings?
The events leading up to Easter show us that there is more to each of us than a terminal body. Pray and meditate deeply on the joy that awaits us Easter morning when we align our lives in Truth, Honesty, Charity, Kindness as our Lord showed us through example.
Meditation for Lent
Choose a quiet and private place to meditate. If you are sitting on a cushion fold your legs in, if sitting on a chair or bench place the soles of your feet firmly on the floor for balance. Wrap a shawl around your shoulders if you feel cool. Fold your hands in your lap or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs. Close your eyes.
Begin a series of even regular breaths, such as: breathe in one count, breathe out one count, breathe in one count and continue this rhythmic pattern throughout your meditation. Even breathing calms the mind and body and prepares the mind for its journey within.
If you use a mala or rosary begin to mentally repeat your mantra and coordinate the repetition with your breathing. For instance, I often use "Om Reveal" and I breathe in on "Om" and breathe out on "Reveal." Move ahead one bead for every mantra phrase.
For Lent spend some minutes contemplating steps you can take to improve your life in order to rise above the physical and mental limitations of the natural world in order to experience the transcending state of joy we feel on Easter. Rise from the deadness of pointless physical and mental struggle into the eternal joy of harmony.
Finish your meditation with appreciation for your dear ones. Take a deep cleansing breath and slowly release it. Stretch out and go on with your day, refreshed, renewed.
For offline reading
God Speaks through the Holy Spirit - Reflective Meditations Forge a strong union with the Holy Spirit through the reflective meditation given to use with more than 100 spiritual topics and subtopics for personal and relationship growth. 198 pages.
Article by meditation teacher Susan Helene Kramer; photo credit of Susan using mala by Stan Schaap
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