5th Sun Lent A
The purpose of mulling meditations is to offer a few ideas that one can mull about while doing other occupations. There are many things we do in our day that do not require our full attention - some things which are largely done on automatic pilot - like driving a car or peeling the potatoes. While we give these our attention, part of our mind is still at work mulling on other things and unless it is given something positive to feed on, we easily feed on negative thoughts. Personally I find mulling time the most likely time for God to get through to me. Because I am not so conscious of myself, God gets through the cracks and opens my heart to look at life differently.
Two practical times for mulling can be when exercising and when driving. Some small preparations for integrating such prayer into these exercises can be helpful.
As you do your preparatory stretches, pray the line of the Psalm
Similarly when doing your concluding stretches use the prayer of St Clare
Have some music that you find helps you turn you mind and heart to God and play that for the first 10 minutes or so of your trip.
This Sunday's Mulling Meditation
Over this coming week, mull about how you let negativity deaden your life.
Watch your thoughts and see what things you repeatedly think about: are they good thoughts leading to love and life, or negative thoughts leading to the deadening of your life and criticism of others. As you watch your thoughts, notice what patterns dominate at this time in your life.
Mull over that pattern and wonder how you could turn into something positive. If you think negatively about yourself, praise God for the blessings you have been given. If it is criticism of others, pray for them. Be like a marital arts expert and turn an attack of negativity into a place of God’s grace.
Ask Jesus to be with you bringing you into the fullness of life.