It's early in the morning, you're in bed. The alarm jolts you out of sleep. Your heart and mind race with thoughts of the day ahead. You rush through your daily routine and find yourself at work. Within a few hours it's time for lunch, a an afternoon slump, and then home. Stressed, tired, and possibly discouraged, you crawl into bed, and start the cycle all over.
The breakneck speed and pace most people live by is hurting us, and most people want more. Over-scheduling, over-booking, overeating, and coffee make for a disastrous end. Fortunately, the vicious and exhausting cycle can be broken. We have the power to slow down and meditate on God.
Meditation has shown to benefit mind and body in astounding ways. For centuries it has been known that meditation increases calmness, relaxation, improves psychological balance, boosts cognitive abilities and memory, helps cope with illness, and enhances overall health and well-being.
Researchers have also determined that it can help a variety of conditions. High blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and irritable bowel syndrome have been observed to improve with the regular practice of meditation.
The Christian Perspective On Meditation
Think meditation is for the secular world only? Guess again. In Genesis 4:26 it's explained that people began to call, sing, or chant on the name of the Lord. Christian meditation has been around since the second generation of mankind, Enosh (Enos). The practice has bee around far longer than Buddhism, Yoga, mindfulness, or transcendental meditation. In fact, one can argue that all secular meditation techniques are shadows of the original meditation written in the the book of Genesis.
Today, Christians have the name of our Lord Jesus, as well as scripture, to focus on during meditation. The practice is deeply rooted in many verses, but none as poignant as John 14:23. In this verses Jesus states that if anyone loves they will "keep" His word. The key term "keep" means that the word of God is kept as the natural thought of the mind. This of course can only be done through deep prolonged thought in study and meditation.
Without the process of prolonged periods of time of concentration the mind cannot adopt neurological pathways based on biblical thought. So a meditative effort understanding and adopting God's word as our own is how we get to the second point Jesus makes in John 14:23 - that God may dwell in us more fully.
in the twenty third verse of John 14, Jesus states that whoever "keeps" His word will be inhabited by God. It's perfectly logical to assume that if God's presence increases in us, life will change. If simple secular meditations result in documented benefits, imagine the benefits you'll enjoy by following a meditation prescribed by Jesus.
How To Do A 5-Minute Christian Meditation In The Morning
Sit and Relax - Find a place in your home that you like. Then get into a comfortable seated position. Your shoulders should be relaxed and your back should not be tense. Then close your eyes.
Breathe - The Bible states that our breath is life to the body. Millions of people practice shallow breathing which affects how we think and feel. Long gentle regular deep breaths helps optimize the mind, heart rate, and immune system. If your mind wanders, don't worry, that's perfectly normal. Just go back to being mindful of your breathing.
Jesus - Once you feel relaxed, follow the words of Jesus in Matthew 15:4. Abide in Jesus and let Jesus abide in you. At this point you should totally and completely let go in Christ Jesus, your Savior. Do this for a couple minutes. Love Jesus and thank Him. Take a deep breath and start to let go.
Finish with a Biblical Thought - This is the perfect opportunity to start your day on a positive note. Start to think about an inspirational verse. Think about the meaning, see it, feel it. Visualize how it improves you as a person.
You ca practice this routine for just 5 minutes in the morning. You can go longer, up to 20 or 30 minutes if you like. This easy meditation is the best to get supercharged with spiritual life from God and sets the tone for the rest of the day.
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