The following is a reflectionbased on the book,
Live Today Well
, by Fr. Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S. which highlights a simple method for meditation as outlined by St. Francis de Sales
Father Dailey has broken the process down into 5 main steps: Presence, Imagination, Consideration, Affection, Resolution.
This is a brief period to put your mind in the correct place. Think about the reality that God is everywhere... God is
! Yes, God is really and truly there with you as you begin your time of prayer. It can be helpful to picture Him sitting beside you, sitting in your heart, or gazing upon you from Heaven. Find an image that helps you to simply place yourself in the presence of God.
Now that you have God with you, enter into a scene with Him. Perhaps this is a Bible story or something going on in your own life. It really is easiest to place yourself into a Biblical story and take note of what is happening. This will encourage an encounter with God, which is the main goal of meditation.
Now that you are in the scene with God, consider more deeply your surroundings. How are people reacting? What is God doing? What are you doing? What sounds do you hear? Sights do you see? How do you react to the situation?
In your own reaction, look more deeply at how the scene is affecting you. Are you inspired? In what way? Do you have an emotional response? What does this response teach you about God or about yourself?
Finally, how can you make this interaction with God into something concrete to take through your day? Perhaps you were standing there as Jesus raised the little girl from the dead. What things in your life will you allow Jesus to resurrect today? How can you act in such a manner as to help someone else "get up"?
Depending on how much time you have to pause for prayer, each of these "steps" can be shorter or longer. You may find that even in a 10 minute space of time the Lord will speak and show you a little "flower" (remember our spiritual bouquets?) you can carry through your day.