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What’s So Important About Meditation?

From ancient to contemporary times meditation has held its place for stilling and cultivating the mind by tuning our capacity to think and ‘ponder in our heart’. And through our minds we create our lives and fashion our world.

In the sixth century BC Buddha taught:

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
With a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him”.

The Hebrew wisdom literature affirms the process: ‘As he thinketh in his heart, so is he’ (Prov 23.7).

St Paul injuncts his readers: ‘Whatsoever things are true…honest…just…pure…lovely…of good report, think on these things’ (Phil 4.8).

For millennia meditation practitioners have deepened their understanding of themselves and their environments through contemplative thought, pondering, reflection, and concentration. Learning this process at a time when our lives seem stressed, fragmented and overwhelmed gives us a resource for calming, focusing and integrating.

What we think about is also vital for our quality of livingFor example, research in psychosomatics details the connections between different thinking processes and mental health outcomes. That which is uppermost in our life-long thinking translates into positive health, gloominess, or rank dysfunctions such as paranoia.

Monitoring our TV intake for the quality of images, dialogue, action and other food for thought similarly supports our life direction.

Nineteenth century English novelist Charles Reade spelled out the process by which thoughts fashion a life:

Sow a thought, reap an act,
Sow an act, reap a habit,
Sow a habit, reap a character,
Sow a character, reap a destiny.

 Dayspring invites you to meditate yourself towards a chosen destiny as a human being.

– Denis Ladbrook

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