Quotes on Meditation

President David O. McKay said, “We don’t take sufficient time to meditate.”. . . The Twelve will not soon forget President McKay’s admonition to our council meeting one morning when he impressed the vital importance of taking time to meditate in order to keep spiritually attuned. . . . ”It’s a great thing to be responsive to the whisperings of the Spirt and we know that when these whisperings come it is a gift and our privilege to have them.  They come when we are relaxed and not under pressure of appointments.”

. . . Don’t get so busy that you don’t have time to mediate.  Take the time.  The most important testimony does not come by sight, but by the inner witness.  Christ may be nearer than we have knowledge.  “I am in your midst, but you do not see me.  The Holy Ghost bears the sure witness.  Mine eyes are upon you.  The day cometh when ye shall know that I am.” [See D&C 38:7-8.] Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, Harold B. Lee, pp. 182-83

We all do a lot of studying, but most of us don’t do much meditation.  We don’t take time to think.  I’d like to suggest that next fast day . . . everybody in this hall set aside an hour or two.  Sit by yourself.  Go in the bedroom and lock the door.  Go out in the yard under a tree.  Go in your study if you have one and shut the door, and think about yourself and your worthiness.  Read from this great book [Book of Mormon] . . . There’s a great word that’s used, “ponder.”

“Ponder.”  What do we mean by “ponder”?  Well, I think it simply means kind of quietly thinking things through.  Ponder what you have read.  Ponder your life.  Are you worthy, are you living the commandments. . . ?” — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Church News, January 6, 1996

Meditation is one of the most secret, most sacred doors through which we pass into the presence of the Lord. — President David O. McKay, April 1946 General Conference