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How should Christians meditate? What is Christians meditation? Is it good for a Christian to practice Yoga? What does the Bible say about Yoga and meditation?
All these question afore mentioned are valid question that will guide you into everything you need to know about Christian meditation.
Before we dive deeper, I would love that we start from the basics.
In my previous post, I wrote extensively on what meditation is and how to meditate on God’s word, please check it out here
I just felt the need to elaborate more on what Christian meditation entails.
What is Christian Meditation
Christian meditation is an act of pondering, imagining, praying and ruminating on scripture in order to get a deeper understanding of what God is truly saying about a particular verse, chapter or passage of scriptures.
Christian meditation is being still in God’s presence and having God say his mind as regards a thing.
‘Be still and know that I am God’
One thing I know about biblical meditation is that it not only open us to revelations in the scriptures, but it also brings us into oneness with God.
It is our way of being silent before God and asking him to take over
It is a skill that can be acquired and mastered.
Is meditation against the Christian religion
Meditation is never against the Christian religion, the reason why most Christians have refused to carry out meditation is because they think or feel that it is not a biblical practice.
Meditation is a biblical practice that is scattered everywhere in the scriptures from the old testament to the new testament, you can find meditation everywhere.
Let’s check out a few bible verses that talks about meditation
1. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8 KJV
You can see the word ‘meditate’ highlighted in that scripture, this verse not only instruct that we make meditation a crucial part of our lives, it also indicates the benefit one gets from meditating on God’s word.
2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalms 1:2 KJV
This is another bible verse that shows that meditation is a religious practice.
Having explained what Christian meditation is, I would love to explain other forms of meditation that exist
1. Mindfulness meditation
This type of meditation teaches its participant to focus on their racing thought without judging or engaging them. It originated from Buddhism.
2. Focused meditation
This involves the use of any of the five sense organs to focus on something internal
3. Mantra Meditation
This originated from Hindu and Buddhist and it involves the use of repetitive sounds specifically the ‘om’ sound to clear the mind of the participants.
4. Transcendental meditation
It is the most common type of meditation that teaches it’s participant to avoid distracting thought. It was founded by the Indian guru.
5. Movement meditation
It involves the movement of any part of the body with mindfulness and at slow pace. For example, Yoga
Christian meditation is entirely different from the aforementioned types of meditation as it does not encourage “a feel good pattern” but it focuses its attention on scriptures so that believers can get more from the God-life and they can also be clarified about what God is saying about a subject matter.
Why is the Christian meditation different from the other forms of meditation
The difference between Christian meditation and the other forms of meditation is that
1. The Christian meditation teaches believers to meditate on the word of God until the fulness is received while the other forms of meditation teach their participant to focus on “nothing”
2. The Christian meditation teaches believers to fill their mind with the divine wisdom of God rooted in his word while the other forms of meditation teach its participants to eliminate all thoughts, desires.
It teach it’s a participant to empty their mind and this is a very terrible process has a man’s mind was not structured to be empty, if it is not filled with God’s word, it will be filled with the opposite, leading to various false belief.
Having established the difference between Christian meditation and the other forms of meditation, this leads to the next question on my list
What does the Bible say about Yoga and meditation
Well before I answer the question, let’s check out how Yoga was invented, what principle it works on and if it is ok for a Christian to practice Yoga.
Yoga has always been a controversial issue as to whether it is good for a Christian to practice.
Yoga is a practice that is taughht in three major religions (Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism).
It teaches its participant to focus on their divine self, thus relinquishing every thoughts, action, and words, thus applauding ‘self‘
This alone makes the practice of Yoga a no-go practice for Christians as the Bible admonishes the believer to meditate on God’s word while Yoga teaches one to focus on their divine self.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8
The Bible also admonishes believers to offer themselves wholly unto God and not to themselves, but Yoga teaches one to meditate on oneself.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
The Bible also teaches us to renew our mind. Yoga teaches to totally ignore the thought and focus on oneself.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
Christians that practice Yoga deny the reality of what the practice represents.
How to carry out meditation as a Christian
Check out resources on the practical ways to meditate on God’s word here
With all said about the various types of meditation, you might be wondering what method best suit a Christian to meditate, well I have provided steps on how you can carry out Christian meditation
1. Find a quiet place
Finding a quiet place is one of the necessary steps to take if you want to meditate.
Your quiet place could be a closet in your home far away from the noise of neighbors or your children, it could be a dark room, ( to avoid the distraction light might cause) this is optional.
The reason for the quiet place is to avoid distraction, you can’t meditate when you are distracted.
2. Choose a specific time
Timing is also a crucial factor in meditation.
Choose a time you know you will be focused, some persons concentrate well in the early hours of the morning, some at noon, while some at night, ensure you choose a time you are comfortable with.
3. Choose a scripture
Choose a scripture you would want to meditate on.
4. Sit comfortably
Get a sit, rest your back on the chair, ensure all your body organs are well rested on the chair to ensure you are comfortable and to prevent body movement as you meditate.
5. Close your eyes
After you are fitted comfortably and have chosen a scripture of your choice, ensure you close your eyes to avoid distraction.
6. Ruminate on the word
With your eyes closed begin to ruminate on the word of God, don’t try to interpret scripture yourself, ensure you ponder on it, then visualize it, the Holy Spirit will begin to bring light and interpretation to that which you have pondered upon.
Let me be sincere with you, meditation is not really a very easy thing to do, but with constant and daily practice, it won’t take long for you to become a master at it.
I ask that the grace to constantly and earnestly meditate on the word of God is released unto you. Amen.
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