During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast all day every day for a month. During this duration, we try to spiritually and physically cleanse ourselves in whatever way possible. Emphasis is placed on prayer, charity, and kindness. That being said, the end of Ramadan is approaching, and one of the reflections I had this month was on prayer. With all that consumes my life, I have always found it challenging to focus while praying. My focus tends to be diverted by so many different thoughts… Most of those thoughts are far too embarrassing to post online.
I was recently inspired by Elizabeth Lesser’s perspective on meditation. It definitely spoke to me, and I’m hoping that it might help my fellow friends (of all different religious beliefs) in their prayer/meditation regimen.
Ten Step Meditation Practice:
1. Place and time: Make sure you have your privacy.
2. Seat and Posture: Back straight, so you are able to lift yourself, physically and spiritually.
3. Appearance: I personally find that dress attire helps develop a healthy posture. Try wearing light, flowwy, easy to move in material. Remember to be fully clean, so you feel fresh. Once you feel fresh, your one step closer to a fresher state-of-mind.
4. Close your eyes. Focus on the floor… Breath.
5. Thoughts: Observe thoughts with compassion and friendliness. Then refocus to the breathing through the chest and belly.
6. Embrace Feelings, Restlessness. By embracing your condition, you are exercising self-compassion and awareness. By exercising compassion, you are celebrating the divine energy of your creator.
7. Always remember to return to breathing.
Prayer and meditation is a mental exercise that increases discipline, awareness, and comfort. It is an outlet amidst the chaotic world we live in. Personally, I see it as an outlet that brings me closer to God and tranquility.
Have you given yourself a legit prayer/meditation ritual? Try it.