If you’re going to give your day to God as a gift, you want to do it right. I’ve learned many different types of meditation and focus over the years, and they were all wonderful. So I’m going to start by saying that if your intent is sincere, it would be pretty difficult to get it “wrong.”
Most people feel they don’t have a lot of time to devote to focus, especially in one large chunk. Thirty minutes in the morning and thirty more in the evening are a luxury usually reserved for monks and nuns, unless you’re a lucky commuter who can close your eyes on a train or bus. And again, if your intent is sincere, you probably feel like even that hour isn’t enough. But it can be.
One of my favorite quotes from The Disappearance of the Universe is, “A jetliner is always going off course, but through constant correction it arrives at its destination. So will you arrive at yours.” In that fashion, Joel Goldsmith prefers meeting up with God several times a day, but only for a moment. Quantity and quality. “The practice of contemplative meditation helps us reach a state of consciousness in which we find ourselves ultimately in a complete silence. A weight goes off the shoulders, and perhaps for ten, twenty, or thirty seconds we are so still that not a single thought intrudes. That stillness at best, however, is a very brief period . . . but in those few seconds we have attained our contact with God, and that is all that is necessary for that moment. Then we resume our conscious thinking and are ready to go about our business.” I like his idea of stilling your life for a few moments, several times a day, reengaging the Guide and the guidance, because, “I do not understand the world, and so to try to lead my life alone must be but foolishness.”
I do like to make the first and last sessions of the day a bit longer because, “When the Spirit of God takes over in our consciousness, It fulfills Itself at Its own level” (Joel Goldsmith), and my goal is to learn to stay there. Taking the time every day to give the day to God is how we eventually learn not to return. As Joel says of the journey within, “The person who is one with God is merely the transparency through which God is living Its life: he does not have a life of his own, a mind of his own, or even a body of his own.” Thus we can give back to God that which is God’s, our day and our life, in exchange for His True Life. Lesson 242.