Mounting scientific evidence over the benefits of mediation has been acknowledged by researchers and scientists worldwide.
In John 14:23 Jesus states that anyone who loves Him will keep, or retain His word. Retaining spiritual concepts written in the Bible requires deep thought, concentration, and meditation. Since then Christians, specifically Orthodox Christians, have devoted enormous amounts of time in the practice and the results are stunning.
Once ravaged people become saints of peace, love, and wisdom. How is such dramatic change possible? The answer is embedded in the same verse. Jesus states that if anyone loves Him enough to willing change the natural thought process by retaining His word they will receive an increased presence from God.
"Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them"
Suffice to say, that if the presence of God increases in our lives, things will change for us. Even as early as last year, a study conducted by UCLA demonstrated that a long term meditation practice contributes to enhance mental function compared to non-meditators.
Analyzing this further, we can gather that God designed and built human beings to benefit from being still. Adding deep concentration over God's word's into a meditation practice delivers a spiritual dimension not found in secular meditation practices. This is where secular meditation practices and Christian meditation practices depart.
If you're new to Christian meditation, don't worry you're not alone. Millions of people find the world's carnality so stressful that they naturally seek ways to abide in Christ - peacefully. This natural inclination is a reflection of the soul's yearning to more relate to God.
Christian Meditation for Beginners
First you need some quiet time. The place you select is also important. You want to minimize distractions, so a place where you can experience silence is ideal.
Next you'll need a comfortable place to sit, like a pillow or a cushion.
Get into a comfortable position, take a deep breath and relax. You should have you Bible with you.
Posture is important. Sit upright until you feel comfortable. Your posture should not feel forced.
Christian meditation requires you to focus on God through scripture. One option is to study prior to your meditation, otherwise you can open the Bible, select a verse as you sit during your meditation.
Choose a verse that has meaning to you. Close your eyes and begin to breathe slowly and deeply. Relax.
Just be in the moment with Jesus.
Let go of any stress and tension. Just let go for a few moments.
Don’t force your breathing, just let your breath follow a natural rhythm. As you let you follow the instructions of Jesus in John 15:4, "Abide in me and I in you"
Breathe and relax. Do this for about 2 to 4 minutes.
If you find your mind wandering, gently bring it back to Jesus.This is totally normal.
Now focus on the verse you chose. Feel it, live it. See how it relates to God and you. Let go in the spirit of God's word.
Do this for about 2 to 4 minutes.
Now slowly start to become aware of your body, the object you're sitting on, and the room you're in.
Do this for about 2 to 4 minutes.
Slowly open your eyes. Take 10 to 30 seconds to open your eyes.
If that was the first time you meditated, congratulations. You just joined a distinguished group of Christians.It's important to realize that meditation is a practice that fully matures over time. As you develop in the practice you will find it easier to concentrate and hold your focus on Jesus and His word.
Meditation does not need to be long. The meditation you just practiced should take 10 to 15 minutes. Generally, the habit should last 20 to 30 minutes.
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God bless you. See you in the kingdom.