Breathe - The technique that will transform your Christian meditation
Ever wonder what happens when you train with ChristAudio's Christian meditations? Or why we incorporate biblical affirmations, visualizations, meditative music, and relaxing breathing techniques? The answer is simple. There are reams of scientific evidence to suggest that God's word is true and that these methods produce the best results.
Take for example this verse:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Have you ever rested in the Lord until all your burdens are gone? Resting in the Lord permits us to let go of the world while letting go with God where we become refreshed and made well again.
The following verse has a more direct description about Christian meditation and how it affects our health.
Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:30-31
Extraordinary! This scripture explains that those who "wait" on the Lord become genetically different. So why are they able to mentally and physically outperform a younger generation? The key is in the word "wait". This is a close translation of the Hebrew word qavah (phonetic: kaw-vaw) which mean to look or wait in expectation. It also means to linger in expectation much like you do in meditation. This primitive root word was also used to describe the binding of two elements that become one. Figuratively, it meant to expect togetherness, or to patiently, or quietly, wait for a gathering.
Upon closer inspection, we can clearly see that the writer of this verse is conveying the concept of mindfully meditating on the Lord until we feel His presence. And it is from that closeness with God that people are renewed spiritually and physically.
Scientific proof about the effectiveness of Christian meditation relaxation techniques?
Undoubtedly, God created the human body to become regenerated under the right circumstances with even greater benefit dispensed to those who practice Christian meditation. Nonetheless, general relaxation techniques may be helpful in managing a variety of health conditions. Anxiety, insomnia, general pain, nausea, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction, all have show to improve with simple relaxation practices. The National Institutes of Health also reports that "Psychological therapies, which may include relaxation techniques, can help manage chronic headaches and other types of chronic pain in children and adolescents." Although, more study is needed to in the field, initial findings show a great deal of promise. Additionally, its shows that God's word relating health to meditation is true.
What do we know about the safety of relaxation techniques?
According to the latest research relaxation techniques are generally considered safe for healthy people. There have been rare cases of negative experiences such as increased anxiety and depression. If you experience increased anxiety, or depression, you should stop practicing meditation and consult with a doctor right away. People with serious physical or mental health problems should always consult with a doctor, therapist, or psychologist before introducing relaxation techniques as a routine.
What Christian meditation relaxation techniques?
Relaxation techniques may include a number of secular practices such as progressive relaxation, guided imagery, biofeedback, self-hypnosis, deep breathing, and controlled rhythmic breathing exercises. These are usually void of faith, religion, or God. The goal of all is similar, to produce the body's natural relaxation response, which is characterized by slower breathing patterns, lower blood pressure, and a feeling of well-being.
Christian meditation however approaches meditation from the biblical perspective. Meditation is a method that allows a person to become closer to God through Christ Jesus. Breathing, and relaxation techniques, are simply ways to help the mind clear carnal thought until our unity with God becomes vividly apparent. It's from that clear unhindered relationship with God that we can benefit the most. (Isaiah 40:30-31)
If you ask me, this is by far the best approach to meditation and stress management which is commonly associated with programs that include relaxation techniques.
Who teaches relaxation techniques?
Since scientific documentation of meditation's health benefits has grown over the years, professionals in many fields, including physicians, psychologists, therapists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and complementary health practitioners, are adopting relaxation techniques as a supplement to traditional medicine. You can also find many resources online that teach relaxation techniques. Our free training will guide you through 7 days using various guided Christian meditation techniques.
Want more proof God's word is true?
In another study, a randomized controlled test of hypnosis, relaxation, and meditation indicated that these techniques can reduce anxiety, particularly stressful anxiety related to receiving chemotherapy. The results also demonstrated that these techniques were effective in helping insomnia, particularly when integrated with cognitive therapy. A systematic analysis showed that hypnosis, a form of guided meditation, enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy for conditions such as phobia, obesity, and anxiety.
And it doesn't end there, the findings also showed that the use of various relaxation techniques help treatment for both acute and chronic pain.
Can learning how to breathe help you?
The scientists at Harvard Medical School have determined that if you can control the "fight or flight" response you will become healthier. This biological response is triggered when we encounter stressful situations. When appropriately invoked, the stress response helps us rise to many challenges. But when this response is constantly provoked by worry such as financial difficulties, traffic, job related problems, or sour relationships, serious problems can ensue. Problems like higher blood pressure, increased chance for heart disease, depleted immune system, increasing susceptibility to viruses and other illnesses become a real issue. Moreover, the it can lead to anxiety and depression. Since we can't avoid all sources of stress and tension in our lives, it's best to adopt healthier ways of adjusting to them.
According to Dr. Herbert Benson a cardiologist at Harvard Medical School, inducing our own natural relaxation response is a state of profound rest that can bring many health benefits, and even reverse the nasty effects of stress. There many ways of eliciting the relaxation response, including meditation, exercise, muscle relaxation, and breathing techniques.
The breath by far has the most influence on mind and body. Breathing techniques have many names: diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing, and paced respiration, or rhythmic breathing. When you breathe deeply, smoothly, and regularly, the incoming air will fully fill your lungs while the lower belly rises. This is a sign that you are processing healthy amounts of oxygen.
Shallow breathing, or "chest breathing" on the other hand increases tension and anxiety, while decreasing cognitive ability. Shallow breathing limits the diaphragm's range of motion while limiting the body of healthy oxygen doses. This type of breathing pattern can lead to shortness of breath and anxiousness.
Deep regular abdominal breathing boosts the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide which can slow heart rate and lower, or stabilize, blood pressure to normal. This state of bodily harmony can undoubtedly enrich your Christian meditation experience.
Creating a routine
Our Christian meditations include many breathing techniques that naturally guide a person to relax and take the meditation experience to the next level. You can also try several techniques before you start meditating. Here's a technique you may find helpful:
- Choose a quiet place where you won't be disturbed for a few minute. You can either sit or lie down.
- Start to relax and let go of carnal thought for a few minutes. Focus on your breathing. Take slow, gentle, smooth breaths. Inhale for 4 to 6 seconds, and exhales for 5 to 7 seconds. Don't try too hard. That may just cause you to tense up.
- As you practice this technique let it become natural. As you let it become natural your breathing will on it's own become very rhythmic and deep.
- Next, the focal point will be - breathing. Try to be an observer of your breath. just let it be. You will begin to feel stillness. Welcome... Do this for about 2 to 5 minutes
- Start letting go of the experience and becoming aware of your surroundings. Gently and slowly open your eyes and stretch.
This meditation should last 8 to 10 minutes. Try to practice this technique once or twice a day, always at the same time, in order to enhance the neurological memory patterns of well-being. After entering a state of meditation (step 4) you may proceed to your regular Christian meditation practice.
We'd love to hear from you. Enter you comments and ideas about how you relax enough to enter a state of meditation with Jesus. We love you and we're praying for you.