“I resisted it for years. It was much easier to sleep in—and then grab my cell phone and catch up on Instagram, Facebook, or the news. After a quick shower, I’d dash out the door to face the day.”
Tom describes what many of us experience: we resist setting time aside to sit in the quiet and connect with God and our souls each day.
Sleeping in and distracting ourselves with social media, the news, or video games become habits.
They might give us a few extra minutes of sleep or entertain our minds for a bit, but those habits don’t feed our souls.
They only cause us to drift through life, disconnected from our Source.
Tom continued telling his story.
“When my son passed away, I didn’t know how to endure the emotional suffering I was experiencing. It overwhelmed me. Someone suggested I start my day having a cup of coffee with the Creator. That image—having coffee with the Creator—was the nudge I needed to point me toward a more informal, deeper, and intimate relationship with God. I love having my morning cup of coffee with God. I do it every day. I find comfort in this special quiet time. I receive divine guidance, feel the Creator’s unconditional love, and tap into the resilience and courage I need to face each day.”
Why is Daily Quiet Time Important?
Daily solitude—or what some call “Quiet Time”—is important for several reasons:
Reflection and self-discovery
Solitude provides an opportunity for introspection, allowing you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and values without external distractions. It can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your goals, and your desires.
Spending time alone can be beneficial for mental health. It gives you a chance to recharge, reduce stress, and find inner peace. Solitude lets you disconnect from the constant stimulation of the outside world and create a space for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Creativity and productivity
Quiet time can foster creativity and enhance productivity. When you’re alone, you have the freedom to explore your ideas, concentrate deeply, and engage in focused work without interruptions. Many creative individuals find that solitude provides the best environment for inspiration and innovation.
Independence and self-reliance
Being comfortable with solitude cultivates a sense of independence and self-reliance. It lets you rely on yourself for company and satisfaction rather than constantly seeking validation or companionship from others. This self-sufficiency can lead to personal growth and increased confidence.
Connecting with your soul
Throughout the ages, thousands of spiritual men and women from various traditions and backgrounds have practiced daily meditation to deepen their spiritual connection, cultivate inner peace, and gain insight into daily living.
Here are a few notable figures: Jesus, Mary, Mother Teresa, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dalia Lama, Eckhart Tolle, and many others.
Each of them has followed the time-tested path of embracing daily meditation as a central part of their spiritual journey. The specific techniques and practices vary, but the common thread is the recognition of meditation’s transformative potential in fostering deeper self-awareness and connection with the divine.
How Do I Meditate?
Here are some steps you can follow to establish a regular Daily Meditation Practice to find more inner peace, balance, and joy:
Create a special prayer space in your house or office. Place images, pieces of nature, and candles in your space to make it sacred for you.
Schedule a favorite daily time to simply “be” with God for 20-30 minutes in your special space.
Light a candle to establish your desire and intention to be present with God.
Ask God for a word, phrase, or image to hold within your heart or sit quietly and ponder a question you’ve asked God. If you need an anchor, return simply to your breath or to a sacred word.
Pray as You Go
If helpful, listen to the day’s Pray as You Go meditation. Here’s the link:
To connect with your inner self, get away from the noise and chaos of the world, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of daily moments of solitude. Allow yourself to experience divine presence, comfort, and guidance.
Each of us have unique ways to relate to the Creator.
Find the practice that’s life-giving for you, the one that nourishes your soul and revitalizes your spirit. Then make your practice a daily habit so you can experience the joy of a quiet mind and divine connection.
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