Worried? Distracted? Angry? There's mounting evidence that focus, emotional regulation—and even love—are skills that can be developed through Christian meditation. Maybe it's time for you to change your brain by becoming closer to God.
Most people in the world have an undisciplined mind, meaning their attention comes and goes, patience wanes, and fear, malice, and desires seem to drive us from impulse to action.
In contrast, practiced Christian monks develop their brains with meditation. Drawing on nearly 2,000 years of Christian meditative techniques while paying careful attention to the workings of the mind, they develop the inner life by allowing God's Spirit to be more while they become less. This voids the carnal power of the mind while controlling it's thought with God's word and commandments. This clears the way to enjoy more calm, peace, tranquility, love, joy, happiness, and wisdom. It regulates emotion, lower tension, and lets creativity flow.
What we're talking about is the cultivation of a life with God through the study and meditation of Hid word. This is what John 14:23 says, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home"
Let me spell it out. If anyone loves God intensely through the study and meditation of His word, God individual focus will turn to that person which will cause more of God's presence to manifest.
Who would you be with more of God presence? I would say you would be more loving, peaceful, and have a richer knowledge of God. Not to mention you'd have God's supernatural power operating in your life as you perform God will in real-time. God's presence in you would change the way you think, feel, and act. God's presence in you would have mastery over the carnal self and the carnal self would greatly diminish.
This radical concept of having more love, compassion, joy, health, power, and wisdom with God was taught by Jesus and is one the reasons he died on the cross for you and me. "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10
That's right, Jesus came so that you may have life more abundantly, with love, compassion, joy, health, power, and wisdom. We can transcend from carnal to more divine by learning to quiet the mind during the meditation of God's word—the essence of Christian meditation.
The idea of developing our mental skills has been around for millennia and is now being proven to be of great benefit by science.
UCLA psychiatrist Daniel Siegel has explained that when a person slows down brain waves during a focused meditation, similar to what we experience in practicing John 14:23, the brain becomes neurologically rewired which gives us more control over our emotions. In other words, we have greater peace and knowledge.
God's word is being now proven true by science. John 14:23 and John 10:10 convey solid scientific advice for anyone looking for more happiness. The added benefit to following the Biblical advice is more of God's presence, something science cannot measure. What science has provided though is proof that God designed our mind and body to be fine tuned during meditation, especially when God's word is the focus.
The strategy that starts you on this road of mindful existence with God means cultivating a mindset with God's word. Deep daily meditation of God's word provides nonjudgmental awareness of all things. Instead, love, compassion, and understanding from God will be your guiding light. What we practice here at ChristAudio is quiet devotional reading of the Bible. We read, meditate, ponder, analyze, and finally close our eyes and absorb its meaning as real. A couple of hours with this practice and you'll begin to see what Jesus meant in john 14:23.
Interestingly, Clifford Saron, a neuroscientist at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California at Davis, has stated that by practicing focused meditation a person can begin to observe the flux of the mind. With practice a person can detect how attention ebbs and flows. This happens when we meditate on God's word. The key is to recognize the fluctuations and return to the meditation.
In another study by University of Wisconsin it was shown that the mental exercise of focused meditation strengthens and stabilizes neurological pathways networks in the medial prefrontal cortex—the brain's executive control center. The improvement enhances the regulation of attention in people. It appears that Jesus was right. If we concentrate on His word we will live a more abundant and prosperous life. (John 14:23, 10:10)
So maybe it's time for you to master your mind by meditating on God's word. Here the link to get you started today: https://christaudio.com/blogs/christian-meditation/92719939-how-to-meditate-on-the-word-of-god-part-1
We love you and we're praying for you. God bless you on your journey.
See you in the kingdom.