Intro to Meditation
Remember that the point of meditation is just to be with God for some moments.
Remember that the effort He sees you make is the most important part.
Remember that at the end of the day - the meditation is just thinking about God.
Start every meditation with an image in your mind that is most effective for you in seeing God's goodness or beauty. It could be Christ on the Cross, Our Lady in a garden, a favorite painting of yours, a beautiful sunset or the stars. Anything.
Whenever you're distracted, come back to that image to refocus yourself.
You don't have to think of all the points of the meditation. If you're really into one point, stay on it. If not, move on to the next.
Follow the suggested times depending on your experience. Don't stop trying until the timer stops. That is so important.
First starting out - 5 minutes
After a couple weeks - 10 minutes
After a couple months - 15 minutes
“Courage then, courage all the time, for the Lord has never been so close to you as He has been, and still is, in this trial.” -St. Padre Pio
It is so easy to lose sight of God’s love when I experience difficulties. Daily life is filled with temptation and distraction. We have to bear our own defects along with the defects of others. The devil uses every chance he gets to disturb our peace and progress. Each step taken closer to God is a threat to the enemy, and thus we are attacked.
These attacks are painful. The trial and temptation discover what we really are and the progress, or lack thereof, that we have made spiritually. But God’s grace is never wanting to those who humbly recognize this and ask for His help. Do we have the courage to take the gifts He gives us and further empty our hearts of defects and sin? Take courage and stand up to weakness, with unfailing confidence in the help of our Father.