"Be still and know I am God."
Imagine walking on a path in the dark. You know the path is there, and you know it can lead to safety and comfort if you can reach your destination. Because you can't see it your mind races with thought about things that may or may not happen. Certain things you touch and feel seem familiar, some not so much. As you walk along your mind becomes more and more crowded. Thoughts about unknown surroundings, surprising elements you encounter, and how to proceed without a clear vision of your path.
Some people have nervous breakdowns, anxiety and panic fits, others descend into depression. Some numb mind and emotions with substances they find along the way. In extreme cases when the pain and hurt becomes unbearable some may take themselves out of the journey.
Meditation is a way of calming the nerves and contemplating on God though Jesus who loves us. (John 14:6) Dwelling in Christ and contemplating on God our path becomes illuminated and the destination becomes clear. Doubt, anxiousness, depression begin to fade away as well as the need to numb ourselves.
Our mind becomes bright and open to God's spiritual language spoken in the soul. (Matthew 4:4) Your sense of God's eternal peace manifestly real as the surprising events of life loose their grip over you. Fear quiets down and no longer runs your life. Instead like a ship navigating in clear waters and carried by a gentle breeze you swiftly sail toward your destination. Regardless what you may encounter the wind is at your back and your destination is clear.
Your self talk is governed by scripture, God's word enlivened by meditation and deep contemplation. It keeps you healthy, focused, and eternally joyful and optimistic, which feeds and endless cycle of positivity in you. Then you realize that it is God's light in you that makes everything bright and clear. (Matthew 5:16)
You think to yourself, "What a magnificent God we serve!" "I love God. He loves me." "In Him I shine!" This fuels you even more, and you keep going -- in purity, love, understanding, wisdom, and energy that seems to flow eternally through you. That's what meditation does for you.
To meditate means that you discard the dross of this world and devote yourself solely to God through Christ Jesus for a few minutes. In those minutes you gain, and regain, valuable spiritual restoration, power, and clarity. Meditation clears the mind of worldly wanderings while disciplining the mind to stay focused on Christ Jesus, the light of the world. The uncultivated mind can wander so far from God all it will see is darkness, a spiritual state that can wreak havoc in the soul.
If peace, clarity of mind, physical energy and health aren't enough motivators, here's four powerful reasons why Christian should meditate:
Improved concentration and cognitive skills – People who meditate have clearer minds, better focus, greater memory, and higher creativity that their non meditating counterparts. That means you will think better, understand more, solve more problems, become more productive, while feeling centered in Christ Jesus in whom we can do all things. (Philippians 4:13)
More emotionally stable – Once you start meditating, less will bother you. When your mind is clear past, present, and future become extraordinarily clear and the realization that the present is the most important moment and should be lived to the fullest fulfilling God's will. Everything else is dross and simply falls away. (Matthew 6:34) Magnifying small petty things will cease to exist. You will live in the here and now with Jesus.
Better health – Did you know that the Bible explains that people who meditated on the Word become healthy? Proverbs 4:22 explains that people who find the value of the word within themselves become healthy. In John 14:23 Jesus states that anyone who loves Him will "keep" His word until it becomes God's increased presence within. We safely assume that if God's presence within us increases that our health will increase. Of course science has revealed for decades that just experiencing meditative relaxation improves health by reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, depression, blood pressure, normalizing heart rate, balancing metabolism, and so much more. Imagine what would happen if we deeply contemplate on God's word until it becomes the light of our mind. Science has proven that God design our body to meditate.
Self awareness – This is a topic that few Christian talk about, yet it is one of the most important in our Christian walk. Without self examination and self awareness it is impossible to confess sin, repent, and proceed as a new creation in Christ. Without self awareness we will always falter to our original state. Meditation gives us the mental space to see ourselves objectively. This type of observation gives us insight. Without this kind of insight it's nearly impossible to move in a new direction. Self awareness works with old feelings, past angers, and fears. Often our mind and it's old patterns get in the way of experiencing God to the fullest. Imagine covering the filament inside a light bulb. Having self awareness allows to see the covering which we can dissolve with God's understanding. But unless we have awareness we will be blind to the silent issues lurking in the background that hinders our relationship with God. With the veil removed, which exists in many people by their own construct, the light will shine brightly. Then we can pursue our life's work with purpose, clarity, power, and love.
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