“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

Have you ever been asked that very intimidating question “Do you meditate?”. It is a question that seems as common, and yet as mysterious, as the process of creation itself. If you’ve reflected inward for any period of time, then it may come as no surprise to hear that the practice of meditation is transformative. Through meditation, one develops and identifies a strong sense of purpose, and thus, understands with greater clarity how that purpose functions in our lives.

One of the ways meditation can be most useful in our daily lives is the centering effect it has on our mental and physical energies. When your mind is scattered, the body reacts and often dissipates your sense of clarity and purpose. Focusing your energy in meditation draws more power into the present and more presence into each movement and action. The more centered we are, the more outer events adjust themselves to our inner control.

I can recall my center being challenged when once a lover expressed his interest in another woman. Although I could feel my mind begin to swirl in chaos as the adrenaline swept through my body, I remembered my breath. I paused amidst the throws of what could have been devastation to take a few meditative moments to center myself. I was then able to continue in presence and clarity allowing the conversation to unfold.

Meditation is more than just taking a few moments when you need it, although this can be very helpful. It is a practice, a discipline, and a routine. It is something you can look forward to each day helping you draw your attentions inward, so your outward projections will be more directed, purposeful, and centered.

Imagine having a clear sense of purpose and a calm temperament no matter what trials cross your path. Imagine knowing from moment to moment exactly what to do. Imagine being clear about what action will lead you directly toward your purpose. If you can imagine this, you can be assured that your meditation will bring you there.

Reflections

Ask yourself. . .

Is my purpose clear, or has it become clouded?

What are the obstacles to achieving clarity of purpose in my daily actions?

When was the last time I sat to contemplate my purpose?

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