“Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed,” said Saint Francis de Sales.
Find out why meditation is a requirement for busy people.
Before you can fire up your performance, you’ve got to fire up your soul! Meditation helps you “find your center in God” (Bishop Robert Barron).
If you are not centered in God, then you’re work will be scattered — it’ll be all over the place.
Why? Because things are ordered to God. God, as the highest priority, will make things flow into their proper place. If you’re busy, the best way to save time is to meditate. The larger the task, the longer you should spend in prayer and mediation.
What do we meditate on?
1. Meditate on the Word of God
Imagine yourself in the scene of the Gospel. Who are you there? Why can you relate with that person? Ruminate on that.
2. Meditate how the Gospel applies to your family, work and service
Paul VI mentions in Evangelii Nuntiandi:
“The split between the Gospel and culture is without a doubt the drama of our time, just as it was of other times. Therefore every effort must be made to ensure a full evangelization of culture, or more correctly of cultures. They have to be regenerated by an encounter with the Gospel.”
There ought to be no split between the Gospel and our way of life. The way to unite the Gospel to our actions is to first meditate — spend time imagining the Gospel’s application to our lives. It is not only a matter of self-will that we are able to follow the Gospel. It is by the prodding of the Holy Spirit, and having faith to respond to His inspiration.
3. Meditate on your second priority of the day.
Now that you’ve responded to the highest priority — to come before God in prayer in meditation — meditate on what you will do next. What will be the next thing you’ll do that will make a positive impact to the rest of the day? Do it in the light of the Gospel meditation.
your soul and conquer the day!
Kirby is an author, motivational speaker, trainer, and songwriter. He wrote the book “The Fired Up Life: Passion Principles to Motivate You for Work and Life.” He finished his Masters of Arts in Theology at the San Carlos Seminary Graduate School of Theology in March 2016 and currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Ateneo de Manila. He was a full-time missionary of Couples for Christ for 16 years and currently the owner of Uplift Learning Enterprise, a training and development company.