Monday, August 29, 2005

Monday's Meditation

I'd like to start hopefully what will become a new tradition here on Page 132. It's in line with the Friday Prayer Blog, but it deals with the discipline of meditation. I suppose that meditation - in the Christian sense - is different from study in that meditation seeks to emerse the mind, body, heart, and soul in the God centered reality of what you are meditating on. In meditation, I hope not only to learn something, but to make it a part of me and allow it to change me. The difference between study and meditation is nearly the same as that between devouring your food and savoring it.

Here's a passage from a book a bought a few years ago. If you're looking for a devotional type book, this might be one to consider!

It is vanity to seek riches that are sure to perish and to put your hope in them.

It is vanity to pursue honors and put yourself up on a pedestal.

It is vanity to follow the desires of the flesh and to crave the things which will bring you to heavy punishment.

It is vanity to wish for a long life and to care little about living a good life.

It is vanity to give thought only to this present life and not to think of the one to come.

It is vanity to love what is transitory and not to hasten to where everlasting joy abides.

The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

Thomas a Kempis
The Imitation of Christ
Book One, Chapter One