At some point in our lives, each one of us has practiced meditation – whether we knew it or not. Perhaps it was during one of those stressful bus rides on your way to school, or maybe it was when you felt like you had a little too much on your plate as you stared at your desk at work. When you close your eyes and try to clear your mind, you are practicing meditation in its simplest form. But there are other ways to enjoy this practice and get the best not only for your mind, but for your overall health.
Christian meditation is a form of rumination that doubles the advantages of its traditional counterpart. By incorporating the empowering effects of Christianity, we can relieve stress and realize a deeper purpose in our lives by spiritually getting us closer to Jesus. There are certain steps you need to take before you can dive into an effective Christian meditation practice, and by following these simple steps, you can reap the benefits of an enriched relationship with God.
Steps to Start Your Own Christian Meditation Practice
1. Set the Tone
This pertains to the environment where you will conduct your practice. Because it’s important that you’re able to sustain your focus on your prayer-mantra, it's wise to prepare your surroundings to make it conducive to peaceful contemplation. A quiet, comfortable, clean space would be ideal, but make sure that things aren’t so comfortable that you might fall asleep.
2. Find the Right Seat
You’re going to spend a lot of time just sitting when while practicing your contemplative disciple, so it’s ideal you make yourself comfortable to reduce the chances of having your concentration broken by unpleasant seating or an uncomfortable position.
3. Decide on a Prayer-Mantra
Your prayer word will be the main focus of your practice. It can be a short phrase or a single word from the Bible, and should represent the main idea of what you want you want to achieve during your mindful time. Generally, you should select a mantra that places Christ as the center of your observance so you can practice the advice of Romans 10:13 to “call on the name of the Lord.”
4. Allow Your Mind to Wander
Many of those who practice meditation feel frustrated and disappointed when their minds wander during practice, but experts suggest that individuals allow this tendency. Because the mind was created to think, those who discipline the mind by meditating should instead learn to accept this common likelihood and should instead calmly redirect their thoughts back to their mantra when they realize the change. When thought arises pretend that you are I the middle of a busy street and cars, or thoughts, are zooming by while you are perfectly still with Christ in middle of the chaos. Let your mind just “be” while you sit still with Jesus.
5. Consistent and Frequent Practice
To get the most from Christian meditation, it’s important that you practice it consistently and frequently. Consistent and frequent practice will maximize the spiritual and physical benefits. As you engage with consistency your practice will get easier and your meditations will become deeper.
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