Meditation: To Feel God's Pleasure

I believe God made me for a purpose. For China. But He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.
— Eric Liddell

Recently a friend asked me how I meditate. There are many tools, tips, and techniques out there that can be helpful, but here is what works for me.

For many years I have cultivated the ability to know God's presence with me and within me as objective truth whether I have any sensory/emotional experience of that presence or not. Although I may not be thinking about it all the time, I have developed the ability to stop at any given moment and know this truth as reality. God's presence is with me.

Did you see the movie years ago ”Chariots of Fire"? Eric Liddell was a runner and a Christian deeply devoted to God, planning to be a missionary to China. His sister was a bit more religious than he was and did not understand his love for running.  She thought it would draw him away from his love of God. One day they had a conversation about this and Eric said to her, “When I run, I feel his pleasure." I've always loved that line. So when I come to meditation, I intentionally try to still my mind. I focus on my breathing. Sometimes I use a repeated word or phrase. But mostly I try to just be and "feel His pleasure."  I focus on an image of myself sitting within his smile, knowing his pleasure in me, and listening with the "ears of my heart” (because it’s not exactly listening with your ears) for anything else that he might say to me.

For me, that's the best form of meditation.