Meditation is Something (Step 11 continued)

Meditation is something which can always be further developed.  It has no boundaries, either of width or height.  Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way.  But its object is always the same:  to improve our conscious contact with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love.  And let’s always remember that meditation is in reality intensely practical.  One of its first fruits is emotional balance.  With it we can broaden and deepen the channel between ourselves and God as we understand Him.

I imagine that instruction in the art of meditation is easily found.  I have never cared to look for it or to learn from it.  I still don’t like the idea.

About two years ago, Carole, our friend and I attended a Quaker service.  It was one hour of silence and it was intense!  Carole and our friend hated it, though Carole said she could do it again if she knew ahead of time that’s what it was going to be.  I didn’t mind it, but I can’t say I remember what I thought about or gained anything from it.

I understand that what I’m doing with, say, my fear of flying, is a kind of meditation when I rehearse a successful flight.  I can see that it is a beneficial way to use my imagination.  In that way I guess it helps me along the road to emotional balance.  With flying, though, I’ve a long, long way to go.


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