When I am busy rushing from one train to another, I focus my attention not on where I am, but on how to get to where I need to be. With my mind in such a frantic state, I can often forget that there is beauty and goodness all around me. This meditation helps me refocus my attention.
- Stop and center yourself. Close your eyes. As you inhale, say "the Lord is good," and as you exhale say "the Lord is kind." Pause for one or two seconds between each inhalation and exhalation.
- Open your eyes and look around you. Where are you? What do you see? Who are you with? Are there any scents or sounds that grab your attention?
- Of all these things, which of them would you consider good? That is, which of these things bring you a feelings of happiness, comfort, or peace? Sit with these feelings for a few moments. Let them well up within you to the point of overflowing.
- Return your attention to the world around you by gently moving your attention to your to body and then to the world around you. Close with a simple prayer of gratitude.
- Celebrate this goodness by performing a simple act of kindness--open the door for someone, smile at a stranger, or buy someone a cup of coffee.
God abounds in goodness, and this meditation will help us see the good in the world. And when we focus on looking for the good in the world, we will see through the bad, and the world will become a more beautiful place.
Where do you see goodness in the world? I invite you to share with others so they may delight in it with you.