Two Dimensions in a Cycle: Focus and Movement:
Each of the six Cycles of Meditation has focus and movement. As previously discussed, attentive though differs from active or managed thought in one simple way. We chose to pay attention to what is coming to us rather than generating the thoughts ourselves. As Christians we believe that a loving God is initiative a relationship though our ordinary experiences. God may want us to be available to someone in the joy or their sorrow. God may want us to stop and really listen to someone in our circle of people. And if we are going to hear and respond, we have to turn loose of our metal processing from time to time. Otherwise we will be so distracted we don’t hear God. We can even turn prayer and Bible Study into a self directed activity that completely misses God’s Presence.
So we practice attentive intelligence. The simplest way I have found to do this is to ask a simple question to focus on, stay with one type of movement.God to us, then be aware of what thoughts, feelings and intuitions come to us. The first question I start people with is, “Lord, do you love me?”
We all know the right answer is yes. But we all have had people in our lives that did not care for us. Even those who do care for us are not always happy with us. And then there are the times we misunderstood correction of anger rather than the firm face of love.
The Result of Our Mixed Experience with Love Is We Need to Learn to Listen for the Voice that Speaks God’s Truth:
When we ask God, “Do You Love Me?” we limit our focus to one movement: God to us. Other movements includes Us to God, Others to Us and Us to Others. Each full cycle will take your focus through all the movement. And you will hear or feel a simple “Yes” at times. You will recall quite wonderful moments from your day which you would otherwise forget even happened. And you will bump into other stuff. As you practice you will learn to “move past” thoughts that are simply incompatible with the nature of God and the relationships God calls us to. You will practice tuning into the Truth and ignoring what does not make sense.