Christian meditation is stillness in God. It is silence of mind before God and the knowledge of the Holy One. It is sweetness, love, and surrender. It is how we commune with God and how our eyes are illumined by God.
The Psalmist stated "Be still and know I am God" (Psalm 46:10). Stillness of mind and soul is rarely practiced by anyone. Yet the mounting stress of daily life has given way to ever increasing anti-anxiety prescriptions. Day after day people of all walks and faiths take medication to fight the effects of stress.
A key objective for anyone fighting stress is to manage the "fight-or-flight" response—a biochemical chain reaction in the body that negatively impacts cortisol levels. The response is caused when danger is perceived and more energy is needed to survive. By when the "fight-or-flight" response is permanently turned-on due to daily stress it can wreak mental, emotional, and physical havoc.
According to Steven Southwick, professor of psychiatry at the Yale Medical School and the Yale Child Study Center states that "We can keep ourselves stressed 24/7, and unfortunately stress can cause all sorts of problems, including injuring the very part of the brain that turns off the stress response."
Emma Seppälä, a meditation researcher at Stanford University researcher, has described meditation as a way for people to take charge of their nervous system and emotions which normalizes the body's biochemistry. Dr. Emma states, “Studies have shown improved ability to permanently regulate emotions in the brain.”
Now look at what the Bible has to say about cultivating a peaceful attitude.
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." ~ Colossians 3:15
We are told that we should "let" the peace of Christ "rule" in our hearts. That means we should purposefully make an effort in dedicating time in not only experiencing God's peace but allowing to supremely reign in our heart.
This is exactly how meditation affects the human body. The tranquility of the mind translates as tranquility in the body.
Now look at this verse...
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,..." ~ Galatians 5:22
This sounds similar to what Dr. Emma describes as the result of meditation, “Studies have shown improved ability to permanently regulate emotions in the brain.” But for the Christian the permanent regulation of emotions toward others is the fruit of Spirit which is cultivated in peace, not chaos.
Every day science gets closer to the truth of the Bible. Soon science will have no choice but to declare God's word as the source of all wisdom and truth.
Steps To Managing Your Stress With Christian Meditation
The best time to practice Christian meditation is early in the morning and before going to bed. make sure to practice your routine before eating. Meditating after eating can be difficult since the body employs ample energy to process food.
Before you begin, read God's word. Concentrating and meditating on God's word is the perfect way to start your meditation. Once your mind has settled with Bible verses you can begin.
1. Sit in a comfortable position.
2. Take a few deep breaths. Hold each one for about 2 to 3 seconds, and release. Do this 3 or 4 times.
3. Now simply observe your mind and start letting go in Jesus.
4. Generally, you will experience thoughts, concerns, doubts, fears, anxieties, and preoccupations. Tell yourself that you are going to relax for just a few minutes and let go in Jesus. (1 Peter 5:7) Let it all go, of all dwell in Jesus.
Each second that passes by you should dwell in Jesus more deeply. Start letting go even more in His love. His love heals, restores, and regenerates. Jesus loves you and His love comforts you.
Take a deep breath and let it all go. Be still in Jesus.
5. Experience Jesus. Dwell in Jesus. Feel His presence as you breathe. Let your breathing come naturally. Let it flow in Jesus.
Do this for about 2 - 3 minutes.
6. Now, thank Jesus. Love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind.
7. Take a deep breath. Begin moving your hands and feet. Gently start moving your head. Then very slowly start to open your eyes.
8. Repeat every morning for 10 - 15 minutes.
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This meditation will help become more Christ-centered throughout the day. It'll help you be more mindful of Jesus in everything you do so you can become more loving, gentle, patient, able to forbear all things more faithfully with Him who love you and strengthens you. In other words, you will bear the fruit of the Spirit more perfectly.
God bless you. I pray for you every morning.
See you in the kingdom.