"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7
So life begins at the breath of God. It is the breath of God that brings the human soul into existence, without it there would be nonexistence.
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
Jesus states that He is the life and that no one can ever each God unless they enter through God the Son who is life -- the Life of God.
Why Do You Meditate?
What is your purpose for Christian meditation? Undoubtedly there are millions of reason why people decide to take up the ancient discipline. Some have problems like severe stress, or anxiety, and depression. Some want the improved benefits associated with meditation, enhanced memory, advanced cognitive skills, stability of mind, and heightened creative abilities. Yet others seek the positive physical effects such as regular heart rates, lower blood pressure, a balanced immune system, and greater neuroplasticity.
All this is wonderful and a step in the right direction for a calmer, peaceful, and more loving society. However, the ultimate goal of the Christian meditation journey is to reside with God the Father through Jesus.
In many verses Jesus eludes to our journey to God.
- No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
- I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture. John 10:9
- I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. John 15:5
- I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one—as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. John 17:21
In other scriptures like John 14:21 and 23 we are taught be Jesus to "keep" His word and commandments. In these verses Jesus tells His audience that by keeping His word and commandments we will yield God's increased presence.
Notice that the instruction in the verses quoted are focused around our spiritual being. We go through Jesus to the Father spiritually (John 14:6), we enter the Door (Christ) and pass to the other side spiritually (God's heavenly realm) (John 10:9), we remain in Him spiritually (John 15:5), and we become one with Jesus and God the Father spiritually. (John 17:21)
Additionally, we are told to "keep" His word and commandments for God's presence to increase in us. Keeping His word and commandments is a meditative exercise of the mind that spiritually leads us to God. So our mind leads our soul to God.
We are repeatedly instructed to reach for God the Father and that should be our ultimate goal when practicing Christian meditation.
Why The Ultimate Goal Of Christian Meditation Is Rarely Reached
First and foremost is the daily, or at least regular, digestion of God's word. Keeping our mind sharp with the word of God enhances our spiritual journey.
Next you need peace of mind!
Would you like to enter a state of mind that allows the Living Word to enter your mind, heart, and soul? Would you like to experience God's love and peace to the highest degree so it affects everyone around you? Would you like to yield fruit in God's presence?
Sounds impossible! But the Bible states that this is how we are to live. We are to live like Jesus. The good news is, the Bible also explains how we are to achieve such spiritual oneness with Jesus.
"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." James 3:17-18
Notice that the all the benefits that comes from above and causes dramatic spiritual changes in our life "is sown in peace by those who make peace". In other words, a person cannot receive God's spiritual benefits to produce a life carved out by His wisdom, love, and peace -- impossible. In fact, we know that strife anger, jealously, uncontrolled urges, and so much more and it produces chaos.
Fortunately, the book of James also gives us instruction on how to cultivated God's righteousness:
"So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God." James 1:19-20
What you just read describes the benefits of meditation, or the reaction of a brain that consciously experiences alpha and theta brainwaves. Most people who mediate listen, process ideas, and thoughtfully respond. This is largely due to enhanced neuro activity of the brain.
What we can learn from this verse is that our inner peace is paramount to cultivating the righteousness of God from above. Conversely, if our heart, mind, and soul is ravaged by the wiles of constant turmoil you're going to find it very difficult to interact and progress with God's peaceful loving energy which dispenses wisdom and the power to produce.
How To Reach The Ultimate Goal Of Christian Meditation
In reading this article so far you learned that God wants us to spiritual experience Him as one. You also learned that keeping His word, or meditating on His word, allows for His presence to increase in us. Then you learned that God's presence brings with it wisdom, love, and the power to produce fruit. This is the dynamic living righteousness of God in us. But we cannot receive, nor can we produce anything with God's presence unless there is peace within us. Inner strife brings chaos.
So how do we open our lives, our minds, our hearts, and souls to God in such a way so His power and presence can come to us, be understood, and the flow outwardly to the world around us?
The answer is the Breath of Life Christian meditation. This particular mediation concentrates on the point of your creation with God, the moment God breathed your soul into existence and as a Christian you are the perfect candidate. Remember, no one goes to the Father except through Jesus. So if you believe Jesus was born in the flesh, was crucified on the cross, died, and was resurrected on the third day, you are ready for an amazing journey.
How To Perform The Breath Of Life Christian Meditation
The purpose of this meditation is to calm the mind, deliver peace from Jesus into the mind and body, and to gradually experience deep profound serenity with God from above.
Get into a comfortably sitting position. Make sure you wear loose clothing. Once in position pray to God for His blessing, love, and guidance. You can create any prayer that you think is right for you. My own prayer goes something like this: "Lord Jesus Christ Son of God bless this time of meditation with Your presence, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in heart, soul, mind, and body. Have mercy on me a sinner."
Then close your eyes.
Your goal is to have no worldly thought. Even the smallest worldly thought is a barrier between us and God. If you find yourself thinking of something, simply go back to the meditation.
Start by taking a few deep breaths. Inhale, hold for a few second and exhales. Do this 5 or 6 times. You can take more breaths if you feel it helps your meditation.
Simply pay attention to your breath while keeping in mind that it is not your breath -- it's God's.
Feel every inhale and exhale. As you inhale mentally say "Yes", as you exhale mentally say "Jesus". Keep your mind clear and focused only on the the breath, the Breath Of Life, Jesus. Do this step for about 10 minutes.
As you "let" your mind dwell on the Breath Of Life in your chest and body, your mind will begin to enter into a very serene state. Welcome. Remain in this state for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Begin to become aware of the room and the object you're sitting on. Bring your attention to your hands and feet. Start slowing moving your neck and head. Start to slowly come out. Then very gently and slowly start opening your eyes.
What You May Experience During This Meditation
Some people report experiencing God's eternal moment, some feel as one with Jesus, others report receiving knowledge from Jesus. The majority of people though, simply report and peaceful wonderful sensation.
The long term effect of this type of mediation is calmness, self control, and clarity of mind, everything needed for the word of God to take root and grow in us.
We love to hear about your experiences with this Christian meditation. Post them below. We love you. We're praying for you. God bless you.