This week, Upper Room Daily Reflections features excerpts from One Breath at a Time by J. Dana Trent.
I’M NOT SKEPTICAL about the entirety of spiritual practices—just the ones in which I’m supposed to sit completely still with my phone beside me to calm my traumatized mind and listen for God. I can pray and journal until the end times—my brain spinning plates like an overachieving carnival worker. But I’ve always doubted my ability to sustain a sitting-still, ears-open meditation practice, which is different from writing and praying. How do people use [meditation] apps without launching into a silent monologue in which a very bored God is the sole audience member? How do I sit and actually listen, instead of hopping from topic to topic and prattling away in my mind? And, most importantly, how do I do it every day?
—J. Dana Trent
One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation
From page 12 of One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation by J. Dana Trent. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What are your daily habits? Is being still one of them? Share your thoughts.
Better is a handful with quiet than two handfuls with toil…
—Ecclesiastes 4:6, NRSV
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