why you should meditate

stream, peace, relaxation, meditation

Written by Duane Scott

GENERAL EDITOR I'm a writer, nature lover, a friend, a singer (in the shower), a Cheetos lover and a Snuggie hater. And God and I are buddies.

July 20, 2012

stream, peace, relaxation, meditation

The streetlamp outside the bedroom window casts a gentle glow about the room and I look at the way the light recedes; a bright halo, then soft light, then near darkness.

I focus on the light, the way it moves into the darkness and is swallowed and I try, too, to move into the darkness; into sleep.

But sleep doesn’t come.

Turning away from the window, I try something I’ve never tried before:

“Waterfall, river, stream.”

I recall the article in Men’s Journal where I had read about the power of meditation; about this man who entered into a quiet place for ten days and he had used this mantra.

No phone, no eye contact, no verbal communication.

And as he sat those first few days, his mind roared like a waterfall; emotions and thoughts just pouring chaotically out but this, he knew, was part of purifying one’s mind.

So I too, try this simple exercise.

Waterfall. I see an image of Google calendar’s screaming schedule at work, how I need to write an article for an upcoming deadline, how I wish I had time to exercise more, read my textbooks for the next semester, find a bookshelf for my office… and then, I slow.

River. I think about my relationships, the smiling faces I encountered throughout the day, my dog sleeping in my lap, the small daisies springing cheerfully through the graveled road… and still, I slow.

Stream. Peaceful images fill my mind; images of me fishing under the bridge as a child and I can hear the water chuckling as it plays over smooth rocks. “He leadeth them beside the still waters…” The words enter slow, my mind wrapped in warmth and… I remember no more.

I sleep until 10:30 the following morning. I’m embarrassed but I’ve never felt so alive all day and laughter spills easy and I get more work done in six hours than I do in ten.

So I research meditating.

The Bible says God isn’t found in the wind, earthquake, or the fire but instead, God is found in a gentle whisper. (1 Kings 19:11)

Another scripture mentions how one’s beauty is found in one’s inner self and the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:4)

And of course, how He leadeth us beside the still waters. (Psalm 23)

I see now, a fresh perspective of why I need to meditate, whether this be in the morning with a cup of coffee and a Bible or in the evening, sitting silently on a park bench watching the day fade.

Because this is a time when we can step away from the world filled with communication and simply communicate with the One within us.  How we can align our souls with the One Who breathed Life into our very souls. And how we can learn who we are in His eyes, the One who was in our past, in our present, and will be with us in our future.

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” – Buddha

I think there’s a park bench calling me now.


  1. Nikole Hahn

    Just don’t shave your head, wear an orange robe, and live in a monestary. On a serious side, meditation is always good. Or simply keeping a room in your home free of calendars, text books, and anything that would stress you when you want to relax. They say to keep your to-do out of your bedroom. That’s why my office is located in its own place and there are no calendars anywhere except the office and the kitchen. :o)

    • Duane Scott

      That’s a great idea, Nikole! Thanks for chiming in!

  2. 1lori_1

    Oh I agree with this post completely. Psalm 23 is one of the only Bible passages I have memorized in total just for the purpose of meditation. It is the one thing that (almost) always puts me to sleep. I think of meditation as a way of rebooting the brain…it is necessary and healthy!

    • Duane Scott


      I have Psalms 23 memorized and a poem about Psalms 23 too! It’s my favorite.

  3. Sandra Heska King

    Taking a seat on that rock. That one. There in the forefront. The mossy one.

    • Duane Scott

      Sounds great. I’ll sit with you.

  4. Pamm Muzslay

    So many believers out there are critiical of the idea of meditation because they associate it with other religions, new age beliefs, etc. And you go and end your article with a quote from Buddha? Arghhhh! That choice will cause many to throw the baby out with the bath water.

    • Duane Scott

      I was worried about that, Pamm… that throwing the baby out of the water thing. 🙂


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why you should meditate

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