“To commune daily with God in deep meditation, and to carry His love and guidance with you into all your daily activities, is the way that leads to permanent peace and happiness.” — Paramahansa Yogananda [Source: Self Realization Fellowship]
“Meditation is a technique for quieting the mind, shutting down the mind chanter so that we can be still and 100% present with the now” — Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D., Meditation Expert, Author of Reflections on Meditation: A Guide for Beginners [Source: http://www.meditationforhealthpodcast.com/]
“The real purpose of meditation isn’t to tune out and get away from it all but to tune in and get in touch with your true Self – that eternal aspect of yourself that goes beyond all the ever-changing, external circumstances of your life.”— Deepak Chopra M.D. [Source: Seven Myths of Meditation]
“In every moment you have the option to choose peace for yourself.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer
Please join me tomorrow on the eve of another New Year by praying for peace in the world, but first in our hearts. If there is a Peace Vigil or World Peace Meditation in your community please join with your friends and neighbors in praying for peace. Of course you can also do this on your own. Some people actually welcome the New Year with prayer and meditation at midnight while others join in the World Peace Meditation at noon GMT. For some of us this means getting up in the wee hours of the morning but is well worth making the effort.
“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”
Organize your own at home spiritual retreat.
* Turn off your phone and take off your watch.
* Choose books, CD’s and videos to study during your retreat or study the sacred texts of your tradition.
* Allow plenty of time for rest, reflection, meditation and journaling.
* Spending time outside in a park or on a nature trail is also a good while on retreat.
You don’t really need all the trappings of an expensive spiritual retreat or conference. Spirit speaks when and where we listen.