An Introduction to Meditation

One of the best — and most easily available — ways we can become healthier and happier is through mindfulness and meditation.

Every element of well-being is enhanced by the practice of meditation and, indeed studies have shown that mindfulness and meditation have a measurable positive impact on wisdom, wonder and giving.

From Thrive, by Arianna Huffington

What is meditation?

  • look into yourself
  • deeply personal
  • find the quiet
  • still your mind

How does meditation differ from prayer?

  • prayer is external
  • connect with the universe, God
  • asking – supplication
  • thanking – gratitude
  • discourse with God, Allah, Yahweh

Why is it important to meditate?

  • it helps with your well-being
  • reduces stress
  • rests your mind
  • adds clarity
  • gives you the time to unplug from always being “on”

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In the beginning of your meditation practice, it may be hard to stop the mental chatter. But if you keep at it, just a few minutes a day, you will start to notice the difference meditation can make in your life.

In future videos we will offer some ways you can start to meditate and practice contemplative prayer. You will also find examples in Arianna’s book, Thrive, as well as the United Church of Canada website, which has an example of contemplative prayer here.

Being connected in a shallow way to the entire world can prevent us from being deeply connected to those closest to us– including ourselves. And that is where wisdom is found.

Arianna Huffington – Thrive

Do you work in downtown Calgary?

Get out of the noise for awhile. Join us in the sanctuary at Knox, weekdays from 12:10 – 12:50 for spiritual development including meditation, contemplative worship, soothing music, Wednesday communion, labyrinth walks, and prayer.

More information can be found here.

 

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