I’m sure there’s a rule against it somewhere: dancing and chewing cud at the same time… or even mentioning them in the same sentence/conversation. Still, while my preferred metaphor(s) for life and living are dance and dancing, I can’t help but find Rick Warren’s definition/illustration of “meditation” to be mooving and udderly compelling:
What does it mean to meditate on God’s Word? If we look up the word meditation in a dictionary, we find that a synonym is the word rumination. Rumination is what a cow does when she chews her cud. A cow eats some grass, chews up all she can, then swallows it. It sits in one of her stomachs for a while, and then a little bit later she burps it up — with renewed flavor. The cow chews on it some more and swallows it again. This continues for all four stomachs. That’s rumination. The cow is straining every ounce of nourishment from the grass. Meditation is thought digestion. Meditation does not mean that you put your mind in neutral and think about nothing.
Not the most appealing imagery, is it?! (As a metaphor, dancing certainly has its merits!)
This acknowledged, maybe what we’re talking about when it comes to meditating — whether it be on God’s Word or World — is that there’s a real need for “slow” dancing. Oh, not at the expense of all other dances. Yes, there’s a time and a place for Zumba! But, always essential in the rhythm of authentic life and living is…
circling around ideas, selfhood, joys, burdens, the Sacred and the Divine