DAY #96 USING TRUE SELF-CARE, DAILY REPENTANCE, AND MEDITATION TO KNOW GOD IN MOTHERHOOD (again)


SPIRITUALLY MINDED MOM – Episode 32

Meditation. We started down this road yesterday with Brooke Snow.

I want to use meditation to heal myself now, enabling me to better serve my family now, and serve the Lord now. I want to also use meditation to serve my future-self, enabling me to better serve my future-family.

“Meditation for me is prayer.”

I want to reiterate what Dr Joe Dispenza said in the podcast from DAY #92, that there are different forms of meditation. Our study today with Brooke Snow will use prayer and meditation interchangeably. So, for our purposes today, let’s stick with that.

And what Brooke suggests about praying really blew my mind, my friends! Really. Brooke suggests that prayer is not talking, but listening, and, get this, seeing.

“What if I prayed in pictures? What would happen if (when praying for my sick friend) I imagined my friend – and not in the state of sickness and suffering, but a healed state rather than a suffering state?

I think sometimes when we pray for ourselves or others, we still have the picture in our head of how things are in the present, rather than how things can be in the future.”

What would happen if, when praying for the food I was about to eat, I imagined my body stronger after having eaten the prepared meal.

Bryant and I have been praying for weeks for a friend and his wife. They recently learned that he has ALS. We pray for them to receive strength, we pray for them to receive peace.

Last night, on my knees, instead of words, I prayed a picture for the first time in my life. I pictured Rob and Diane, as I hope they will be. They were, in my mind, sitting on a couch, his arm around her shoulders, smiling at each other. I felt their peace – the future peace I was praying for. I felt their future peace, on my knees in that prayer.

I have never had an experience like that.

I tried it again this morning. On my knees, with my laptop on the table in front of me, I pictured myself receiving inspiration as I listened to the chosen podcasts for today, and as I considered the principles taught, and how I could apply them to my life – to serve me and to serve my future-self. I pictured my face. Peaceful. Intent. I pictured the blanket on my lap. I pictured tears in my eyes. I was not constrained by time – the tears were there, but not. I pictured my hair, falling down my back, undisturbed.

Again, such a new experience for me. I thought, Is this what Brooke Castillo had in mind when she asked us to build a relationship with our future-selves?

This is exactly what Brooke was talking about! Let’s talk about that a little more later this week – I cannot stay away from this topic.

“I focused on SEEING a prayer rather than SAYING a prayer… I was using my mind in a mindFUL way instead of a mindLESS way.”

I would like to teach my children this practice: Picture Prayers, seeing a prayer rather than saying a prayer. They and I will need to picture the condition – the feeling, the action, the result – that we are hoping for, not the sad condition we are trying to get out of, right?

I have been meditating Father Thomas Keating’s prayer this past week:

Welcome, Holy Spirit. I welcome everything that comes to me today because I know it’s for my good. I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions… I open to your presence and action within me today. Amen.

Can I, instead of repeating those words, picture myself already welcoming the Holy Spirit in the way described? Can I picture myself, that day, welcoming everything that comes to me – feelings, persons, situations – and opening myself to His presence within me?

Let me close with this thought: Different thoughts, feelings, actions, lead to different results. As we start doing things differently, even our prayers, we will get different results from our prayers.

“Prayer changes the person who prays.”

Miss Clara, War Room, Chris Fabry
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