“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

We use prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God. But for many of us, a sitting meditation practice is challenging.  We can’t get our brains to quiet down. Now, we don’t have to. Dr. Amit Sood, a medical doctor, has come up with a way to meditate that doesn’t require an empty, non-judgmental mind. We don’t have to focus on our breaths or a mantra. We focus on what Jesus taught us was most important: love.

Dr. Sood’s practice is quite simple. Throughout the day, sprinkle in short, 1-2 minutes of consciously thinking about love and kindness and compassion. Start your day and end your day with this practice, as well as when you connect with friends and loved ones. Spend the first two minutes with them focused on loving and grateful feelings.

The human brain is designed to make meaning out of everything so it is rather hard for us to not be judgemental of others. However, we can be kind to others. This type of short meditation on love, kindness and compassion goes a long way to help us do what Jesus commanded, The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12-31)

Today, you might want to consider practicing focusing on love, compassion and gratitude throughout your busy day. Let the focus on those things work on your heart, mind and actions.