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During one of my RCIA classes one of the instructors started talking about how hard it can be to pray sometimes.
"Sometimes I'll find a quiet place with my rosary and start praying and after a few minutes I realize I'm thinking about something else. A lot of times it's about something else in a religious context, and I have to stop myself because that's not praying."
This is a paraphrase but the spirit of what he said is intact. I didn't think anything of this when he first said it, but as I've been praying the rosary (20 mysteries a day for Lent, 10 mysteries otherwise) I've been wondering if my meditations are truly meditations.
I usually have a free flowing stream of conscious thing happening where I work through the mysteries like they were logic problems. The following is an abridged version:
2nd Joyful mystery, the Visitation. Mary goes to see her pregnant cousin---Mary helps her around the house?---Or does Mary want proof that the Angel was right about her cousin?---When she finds that it's true Elizabeth and Mary are united---They've both been touched by God---They're united through God just as all people are united through God---This could be an example of the Communion of Saints---they must have felt isolated being the only two people in the world who knew what was happening---Millions of people were going about their daily lives completely unaware of what was happening in the world except for these two peasant women and their husbands---
So is this meditation appropriate to the Rosary? Is this just a wandering mind masquerading as thoughtful meditation? How do you all meditate?
Meh. It's not how I meditate, but nobody can tell you this a wrong or bad way to go about things. I think it's pretty nifty. I might give it a shot!
I tend meditate in a self-relaxation, self-hypnosis sort of way. I'm blessed with a very deep imagination that allows me to relatively quickly disappear a bit. If I were to meditate on the Visitation, it would be more of just placing myself in the scene. Focusing on things like colors, textures, smells, wind, etc. As this meditation gets deeper, the people and things will move of their own accord and I won't actively ask my mind questions about what is going on. I will just sit in the scene.
However, I need to be in a state where my mind isn't racing and there aren't a lot of distractions. Your version would be very good for settings where I can't really concentrate (or un-concentrate... whatever). Thanks for the idea!