Meditation 4 - Tithes - One tenth of your wealth.
You cannot pay someone to hand you the truth on a platter. The truth is not found in religious external trappings. The kingdom of God resides within us and there is nothing more precious than devoting time and effort into acknowledging and connecting with the power within. Time is money literally; giving up just one tenth of your time and devoting it to the act of meditation reaps rewards that far outweigh your expended effort.
‘Return to me and I will return to you.’ Says the Lord Almighty. But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ ‘Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.’ But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’
In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this’, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
Meditation is a means of giving mind, body and soul to God in worship. It is a means of giving one hundred percent of yourself to the act of worship.
Our inability to devote time to going within to nurture the spirit is recognised in the bible as an attempt to serve two masters. We are constantly distracted by day to day activities and it is hard if not impossible for some of us to find quality quiet time to purify our minds and bodies.
The bible states:
‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.’
It is a trade off of time invested in worldly progression to time invested in spiritual progression, but the rewards far outweigh the sacrifice.
What is stopping you from exploring the truth within?
Are you held back by time constraints imposed by career or family commitments?
Are you deceived into thinking that there is more power in rituals and traditions?
Are you simply unable to comprehend that our reality could possibly consist of anything other than mind and body?
Diary Entry 26.06.07
Meditation gives me the strength to get through the day particularly if the day is hectic, highly pressurised and full of emotional and physical demands. I’ve experience numerous benefits from the act of meditating. Starting the day with a meditation session always leads to:-
- Increased energy levels
- Greater ability to concentrate and focus when applying myself to tasks that have to be completed to tight deadlines.
- Increased levels of patience and tolerance in accommodating the needs of others.
- No cycles of negativity
- No anxiety
- Generally the day is always characterised by freedom from obstacles, hindrances and opposition from others.
Even on returning home in the evening my body aching with the physical exertions of the day I would gain further benefits from an evening session of meditation. The respiration exercise would calm and relax my body and on achieving a deep focus and concentration I would experience intense deeply penetrating heat throughout my bones, limbs and joints. It is like receiving a massage with the added bonus of heat. The sensation is always slightly uncomfortable, sometimes painful, but the end result is that I get up and walk away feeling rejuvenated.