Have you ever sat in the presence of God?
Or, do you pray to Him most of the time? Telling Him everything you need, want and desire?
It’s fine to need things and want things, but when you’re praying, praying, praying and constantly talking TO God and not with God about things you want and need, you’re going to eventually drive yourself into frenzy if you never get what you want.
You’ll think about it, obsess over it and want it so much that you can’t think about anything else.
Sitting in the presence of God lets you forget about all of the things you think you need and focuses more on what God is trying to tell you.
Imagine that for a minute. What is God saying to you right now by not answering those needs?
What does He want you to know right now?
God keeps nothing from us, we only have to ask and seek the answers. Inkling thoughts you have in the back of your mind are the start to journeys towards answers.
Sometimes our journeys take a few days, and other times, it takes years.
Sitting in the presence of God helps you save so much time and heartache by connecting to the source of everything that is.
Meditation is a tool that you can use to connect with God. In meditation, you repeat prayers, scriptures or mantras to help you get out of the “I want” frame of mind.
In several religions, meditation is a daily practice that is used throughout the day. It’s not only used to sit in the presence of God, but also to direct your thoughts at any time of the day.
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:7-9“
This passage was from the Old Testament in the New International Version Bible.
To meditate on the Book of the Law might be misconstrued in some religions today. The Old Testament certainly meant well by many of the writers that contributed to it, but some distorted the teachings.
We’re all on a path to enlightenment and consciousness so that we can transcend our former selves. I like to think of it as the ability to live at your highest level.
This means that if we’ve been put into a box, we may have certain beliefs and experiences that don’t serve us anymore. They’re negative and damaging for our souls.
To concentrate our thoughts on Spirit and God, we have to watch all thoughts that come through our minds. Meditation can help you detach yourself from thoughts that no longer help you so that you’re not focusing your energy towards them.
One way to view meditation is to be sitting in the presence of God.
Here’s how you can sit in the presence of God during your meditation practice:
- Choose a quiet, comfortable place to meditate. This can be your bed if you don’t have a quiet area in any other room of your house. You also may want to go out in nature and meditate.
- Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.You can choose to cross your legs or sit in a chair. If you want to lie down, try placing both hands by your sides with your back on the bed and your legs straight out in front of you. This is called Corpse Pose in Yoga and is a very relaxing pose.
- Allow yourself to let thoughts pass by without engaging them in thought.Let yourself speak a prayer, mantra or verse. Focus on the ending syllable and the beginning syllable for each word.
- Let yourself connect to the knower who can speak the prayer or mantra without thought.
- Ask for God to connect with you.Spend time letting Him talk to you in your mind.
While you’re meditating, pay attention to areas in your body. If you feel any soreness or tension, send that part of your body the intention to let that feeling or energy flow out of you. This will help you relax and be able to connect.
Here’s a few prayers and mantras you can use during your meditation:
- Peace, Love and Joy reign in my heart– from The Our Father (Catholic traditional prayer)
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God – fromMatthew 5:8
- I am the light of the world. I let my light shine before all for the glory of God – from Matthew 5:14-16
- You can live in a palace filled with treasures and still be poor. To be wealthy you must own the things you have. So too with poverty of the mind: You may have all the knowledge and brilliant ideas in the world, but you are still poor until they have become part of you. – from Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
- I am one. I am blissful.
If you have a favorite prayer or mantra that comes to mind, use whatever comes to you. There is no set mantra or prayer you have to use to connect with God. It’s only a matter of getting your mind to be still and let go of thought and the part of you that wants so many things.