Have you ever meditated? What is it? Do you sit silently and concentrate on your breath and letting all thoughts go? Church leaders often talk about prayer and meditation. I've always figured meditation was sitting around thinking spiritual thoughts, like figuring out a tricky verse of scripture or how I should be helping my neighbor or listening more carefully to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
I had, until recently, always presumed that meditation including thinking. But, for whatever reason, thinking has become weirdly overrated in new age spirituality.
I'm looking to somehow steal a few moments of peace. Do I do it late at night? Early in the morning?
As I write this post my clock reads 11:43 pm. Yet, I long to be an "early to bed, early to rise" type.
When I lived in Spanish Fork with two babies and a fragile marriage, a ward member with 3 kids, all notably older than mine, advised me to get up before the kids. "You'll see," she said, "as your kids get older and into school, you have to get up early. You have to get up before they do, study your scriptures, work out and be ready for them. You have to get up early to prepare for the day."
It's advice I've never forgotten. And never followed. Well, almost never. I've taken a few stabs at getting up early with major negative consequences: the kids get up too. They want to join me on my walk, when I really want to think or have grown up conversations. I'm just trying to empty the dishwasher, but kids are veritably jumping out of bed to see if these sounds mean something cool cooking for breakfast.
I long for a sunrise walk and scripture study, though I hate to drag myself out of bed. So. I guess I'm just wondering how other moms do it. When do you do your scripture study? When do you exercise? Do you ever meditate? Enlighten me. I'm ready.