By Rev. Bill Dodd
What can we do to improve our lives on a daily basis? What would you wish for to find better relationships, easier working environments, and a generally more peaceful mind on a regular basis? And most importantly, how can we connect directly and daily with the divine within us?
For many of us our daily routine includes rushing to get out of bed in the morning, cleaning up, eating in a hurry and hurrying to get to work or to begin our normal hourly activities. A little peace and harmony for each of us would make us feel more spiritually connected and more relaxed overall.
Meditation provides relief to sensory overload by allowing the mind to be quiet. Getting the mind to rest takes some time and practice, but it is worth it. For some, meditation can positively affect physical health. Even a simple 10-or 15-minute exercise in meditation can help us to overcome stress and find true inner peace and balance. As we meditate, we become silent and peaceful, which allows the Christ to be with us and felt throughout the day.
It is through meditation that we offer our gift to God. But we need to reconcile with everyone around us before we get to the quiet place within. In Matthew Chapter 5:23-24, the Blessed of the Pure of Heart are being honored. “So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift” And this is what being in the quiet and meditation is all about.
Meditation can even help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our thoughts from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful.
Jesus speaks of this kingdom of God within each and every one of us. In Luke 17:20-21, Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and He answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is’ or ‘There it is!’ For in fact, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Through meditative practices, we ultimately can connect with the kingdom of God within and also get to a truly deeper state of self-awareness. With a quiet mind we free our overall awareness. And we ultimately find after significant practice, that we can meditate at anytime and anywhere, accessing the inner calm no matter what’s going on around us. We also find that we can better temper our reactions to things in life.
Ultimately, meditation will help us to center ourselves and to become successful on a regular basis. Meditation will help us always to connect with the Christ within. We will become exceptionally happy in our lives. And we deserve it.
About the Columnist
Bill Dodd has served in numerous executive positions overseeing administration, governmental and public relations, marketing and publications for major public and private entities. Over the years, he attained national recognition for public service and tourism efforts.
For over fifteen years, Bill planned and managed AAA Public and Government Relations programs in Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. Over these years at AAA, he was the Executive Editor and Publisher for Car & Travel and AAA World magazines.
Bill also served as a lobbyist for AAA and published a book about dream Interpretation entitled Dream On. After his years at AAA, Bill served as Executive Director of Florida Community Foundations, Youth Reach and Case Manager at The Centers.
Bill Dodd was the Senior Minister at Unity of Ocala from 2003 to 2009 and presently is the Senior Minister of a non-denominational church focused on meditation called Trinity of Light in Ocala.
Bill’s community involvement included serving for years as a Commissioner on the Florida Tourism Commission, the Florida Economic Development Commission, the Florida Tourism Association and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Audubon Society.
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