The first prerequisite to a fantastic journey with God and meditation is daily study of God's word. The study and meditation of God's word is of paramount importance to anyone who wants internal illumination. And it is our internal illumination, with Christ Jesus the word, that delivers the spiritual fruit of union with God.
Once a daily study habit is established and becomes the cornerstone of any Christian meditation practice we can proceed to adopting techniques that further enhance our spiritual discipline.
Before we begin we must understand how and why it's important to follow the prescribed methods. This requires an understanding of our physiology and how it's functions when we seek God.
How Meditation Changes Our Biology
When we take a few deep breaths, close our eyes, and begin to meditate we set in motion a series of physiological events unlike any other activity.
During normal respiratory processes, our body produces and releases carbon dioxide. As we meditate the amount of carbon dioxide decreases in direct proportion to the amount of oxygen consumed and therefore the respiratory relation is normalized by remaining constant. This respiratory stability changes our metabolic activity at the cellular level, not from a forced reduction of breathing, but from the equalization of the respiratory process.
Meditators have interesting redistribution in the blood flow. Blood flow to the kidneys and liver was observed to be lessened in practitioners, yet they showed a remarkable increase in cardiac output. It has been hypothesized the redistribution of circulation must be to the brain, a hypothesis that was proven by Herzog et al 1990, Jevning et al 1992, Jevning et al 1996 in direct examination. Although meditation has a hypo-metabolic effect on the human body, it has a concomitant increase in the metabolism of certain tissues, improving metabolic processes.
- The Endocrine System
A substantial amount of research has indicates that endocrine reactions are minimized in meditators, including cortisol, reduced levels of lactate, and epinephrine (adrenaline) (Wallace 1970, Sudsuang et al 1991). Reduced levels of these organic compounds in the blood signify a state of decreased tension and anxiety and associated with positive mental health.These studies further reveal that the long-term practice of meditation develops a highly resistive psychophysiological response to stress. As recently as 1990 it has been demonstrated that simply meditation techniques decrease sympathetic adrenergic receptor sensitivity thereby producing a steady consistent mental health in stressful situations (Mills et al 1990).
Additionally, it's been discovered that unique patterns of blood hormone levels and even blood flow to the brain as well as organs (Jevning & O'Halloran 1984) as a staple signature of meditators.
Increased levels of gamma aminobutyric acid, also known as GABA, melatonin, and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) have been reported (Glaser et al 1992, Elias & Wilson 1995, Massion et al 1995) natural organic elements produced by the body designed to calm, sooth, and enhance thinking and mood.
- The Central Nervous System
It's been proven and widely studied (Warshal 1980, Robertson 1983) that meditation decreases muscle reflex time. It seems that improved motor performance skills is significant improved by meditation. Faster reflex responses indicates possible improved neurological performance on perceptual-motor speed.
Although it is not completely understood how meditation enhances neural conduction and acceleration or how the release of neurotransmitters is improved, but scientific results show a pattern resulting in quicker muscle firing times. These findings are consistent with the development of a heightened sensitivity within the central nervous system which is closely related to our motor skill performance.
It's important to note that the benefits of meditation being discovered everyday by scientists and doctors every day is beyond the scope of this article. There literally tens of thousands of scientific documents chronicling the vast health benefits of sitting quietly for a few minutes.
Even though there are many styles of meditation, namely mindfulness, transcendental, concentration, contemplative, and reflective which may or may not incorporate philosophy and/or religion, there is truly only one proper way to meditate.
Enhancing The Body With Meditation The Right Way
Unfortunately, many people don't meditate because they find it difficult to calm the mind enough to enter into that blissful state that bring deep peace, serenity, and a virtual open door to God's wisdom.
Fortunate, the ancient scripture provides a perfect meditative template anyone can follow. In Genesis 4:26 it states that from the generation of Seth people began to call, or sing, the name of the Lord (YHVH). In other words they began to chant God's name.
If you read the article about rhythmic breathing you know that this technique can, and will, optimize the brain, enhancing thinking while providing clarity. And in my article, 5 Benefits Of Chanting, we learned how chanting also benefits the body. Both practices clear the mind and allows us to be at our best. Ideally you want to chant paying attention to the timing of both the inhale and exhale, as you chant.
This has proven by far the most powerful technique in clearing the mind. Rhythmically chanting to precise timing can naturally bring the mind to an optimized state so it may proceed into a profound state of meditation.
Combine the Genesis 4:26 technique with God's cultivated word within and you have a winning solution that can put you on the best spiritual foundation and keep you there. Following this method will allow most people all beneficial changes to our biology.
How To Practice The Perfect Christian MeditationTo start you need to know that this is a very simple chant and meditation. The only challenge you may have keeping precise timing between breaths. I can't emphasize this enough. Studies have shown that the greatest benefits are reaped when our inhale and exhale patterns remain consistent. In other words, if our inhale is 5 seconds, and our exhales is 8 seconds, it must remain consistent. Additionally, the tones produced by our vocal cords stimulate our central nervous system, sound clear pronunciation of God's name is highly desired.
Our audio ministers have analyzed all the scientific data and have produced a YHVH (Yaweh) meditation with perfectly timed sequences, instructions, and moment of silence for deep meditation. So if you have trouble synchronizing, breath, sound, and timing during your meditation, we can help. So relax.
1. After getting into a comfortable seated position, close your eyes, take a deep breath, exhale, relax and say a prayer for God to guide you.
2. Inhale for about 4 to 6 seconds. Time your breath. If it you feel comfortable with 5 seconds make sure every inhale is timed at 5 seconds.
3. Exhale. As you exhale chant, or sing, YA...WEH... This should take between 5 to 8 seconds, generally about 7 seconds is ideal.
4. Repeat this process for 2 to 3 minutes.
5. Let your breath go back to it natural rhythm. You might find that your mind is stimulated from the chanting activity. That's perfectly normal. It might take a minute or two to settle. Just pay attention to your natural breathing pattern.
6. As your breath settles down, you may begin mentally saying "Yes" on the inhale and "Jesus" on the exhale.
7. With 5 minutes your mind will enter a deep state of tranquility, or peace. It will as if your mind is totally steady and quiet. Welcome.
8. After 2 or 3 minutes, start moving your head, fingers, toes, and become aware of the room you're in. Then slowly and gently open your eyes. It should take between 30 seconds to 1 minute to open your eyes.
Your goal should be to continually increase the time of your chanting practice. Try 5 minutes, then 10, then 20. Just be sure to gradually make your way to longer periods. It may be a month or two before you can get to 20 minutes.
If you reach the 20 minute mark your silent mediation will be greatly enhanced. God bless you. We love you, and we're praying for you.