The Way

Simplicity, Stillness, Grace

The Gift of Now

Posted on 12th Nov 2018 04:22:35 in Meditation for Christians, Daily Meditations

 

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Meditation for Christians - Day 1

My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. - Psalm 49:3

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. - Psalm 19:14

There is much talk about mindfulness and meditation. First...

What is mindfulness?

To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness alone is insufficient. There must also be compassion. However mindfulness is necessary to find compassion. After all, how can I see the suffering of others if I am blinded by my own suffering, lost in regret of the past and fear of the future? By living in the present moment we can begin to see.

 

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Why is living in the present moment so difficult?

Society has come to resemble the popular zombie apocalypse full of people glued to their technology and oblivious to others. This is because today's worldy distractions allow us to ignore truths that we would rather not face. However, in turning away from distractions and toward Truth, we find Grace where we fall.

For the heart of this people has grown dull, and they barely hear with the ears, and they have closed their eyes, lest ever they should see with the eyes, and they should hear with the ears, and they should understand with the heart, and should turn, and I will heal them. - Matthew 13:15

 

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Exercise for Day 1

Practice turning off technology and paying attention to your surroundings. Step outside, notice the cool air in your nostrils as you breathe, the fall colors in the trees, and the sounds of leaves rustling in the breeze. Hold the hand of your loved one and invite them to experience the present moment with you. The present moment is G-d's gift to us. It would be rude not to open it and share it.

 

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About The Way

Not a religion... a RELATIONSHIP!

The Way is for followers of Yeshua who seek a closer, more fulfilling relationship with HaShem, the One G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The meaning of the word "Christian" has been hijacked and turned into something our beloved Meshiach would never have approved of. Many reform groups have attempted to return to The Way that Yeshua originally preached, and their success has been equivalent to how dedicated they are staying true to the spirit of the scripture in their doctrines.

Instead of a new doctrine, The Way is about finding out what He wants for each of us individually. Instead of grudging obedience to what other people tell us we are supposed to do, we ask the Father directly. And He Answers!

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Why G-d?

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. - Exodus 20:7

Unless directly quoting scripture in a respectful way, many people choose not to utter or write the name of G-d. A common practice is to refer to Him as HaShem ("The Name" in Hebrew). This is not required, and is a personal preference chosen for many reasons. One of those reasons is that words like "G-d", "Christian", and even "Jesus" have been terribly abused and misused.

Much of our modern biblical language comes from Rome or Greece, not the original Hebrew and Aramaic Yeshua himself spoke. To make matters worse Constantine's Roman form of Christianity has seemingly forever tarnished and manipulated our precious Saviour's name and message beyond recognition.

People tolerate it today in subtle forms: the names of days of the week, months of the year, and even resting on SUNdays (the day to remember the sun-god Apollo as decreed by Constantine!). It is tolerated because people got used to it, and change is not easy. For some, this is not a good enough reason to continue with these traditions that clearly are not biblical. For those who do not feel this way, that is between you and HaShem.

...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone... - John 8:7

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