Meditation is any activity that calms the fluctuations of the mind. There is nothing really mysterious or magical about it. In fact, getting started can be quite easy. All you have to do is pray.

Prayer is the most common form of meditation, though there are many. Simply taking a quiet walk in the woods can be a form of meditation. Breathing while focusing attention on your inhalation and exhalation is another. There are many ways to calm your mind by focusing sustained attention on words or sensations.

Meditation is an important aspect of yoga. By calming the fluctuations of the mind, it enhances spiritual growth and renewal. Any form of prayer or meditation can enhance one’s sense of connectedness with the Divine. The Catholic practice of praying the rosary is a classic example of prayer as meditation. The repetition of prayers while saying the rosary calms the mind and gives one a sense of serenity and connection.

While a few suggestions for prayers and meditations are listed here, it is most important to choose something that works well for your lifestyle; one that you are comfortable with and that fits with your own conceptions of the Divine. Any prayer that you can repeat over and over can be used as a meditative prayer. Find a prayer that resonates with you and simply repeat it until you feel calm and at ease.   

Metta meditation

(from the Buddhist tradition)

May I be well…

May I be happy…

May I be at peace and at ease…

May I be filled with loving kindness.

Repeat with

May “you” be well, be happy, be at peace and at ease and be filled with loving kindness…

“My family”…

“My friends”…

“My teachers”…

“My community”…

“My enemies”…

“The world”…

“All living things”….

Simple meditation #2

Breathe in…“I am,”

Breathe out…“at peace.”

Repeat with each breath throughout your meditation.

Simple meditation #3

Breathe in…“God is,”

Breathe out…“with me.”

Repeat with each breath throughout your meditation.