How Guided Christian Meditation Can Change Your Life
There is no doubt that every modern day person is afflicted by the hectic stressful pace of today's life and technology. An affliction that contributes to disorders in sleep, anxiety, depression, eating, heart function, stress, and our health.
The American Physiological Association reports that nearly 22 percent of our adult population suffers from severe stress, that's approximately 44 million people in the U.S. alone, and results are devastating. The same report shows that 9.4 in 10 adults believe that stress contributes to the development of major diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, depression, and stress triggered health problems such as arrhythmias, heart attacks, and even sudden death, especially in people who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.
Chronic stress generally results from a fast paced highly aroused lifestyle which can dramatically affect your brain, thyroid, cause blood sugar imbalances, decrease bone density, reduce muscle mass, increase blood pressure, inhibit your immunity, hamper your ability to heal, while increasing fat deposits around your abdominal area which is associated to heart attacks, strokes and elevated “bad” cholesterol.
This abnormality affects both men and women young and old ad it starts with the mind. The mind is the frontier between you and reality. However you filter reality around you affects how your nervous system reacts. If filter reality through mental patterns that cause high levels of fear, concern, worries, and stresses, you may well be on the way to see a doctor. Healthy mental patterns produce less stress and therefore a healthier body.
The Genius Of Guided Christian Meditation
It's clear that a faithful believer should, and must, read and adopt God's word until it becomes our natural thought, and the benefits according to the Bible are monumental.
In Proverbs 4:21 - 22 it states that if a person seeks and keeps God's word it becomes flesh to the body. Today we know that good health is controlled by positive genetic activity.
In other words, if you, or I, study, read, and meditate on God's word until it becomes the constant and natural thought of the mind our genetic activity will change! Scientists worldwide have proven that a positive psychology, as well as meditation has a propensity to promote good health in the human body.
The Bible takes this "new" concept a step further. In John 14:23, Jesus states that whoever keeps His word will experience an increased presence of God.
"Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them."
This verse literally states that the wholeness of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (We) will begin to increase in those who meditate on God's word until it affects their psychology in positive ways.
The insights provided by scripture are astounding in the face of new scientific discoveries.The genius of guided Christian mediation is that it provides clear positive inspirational messages. While one deeply studies in allows the mind to calmly meditate on the Word which allows God's presence to increase, concepts not found in secular meditation.
Why Guided Christian Meditation Works
If you can control your mind, you can control your health, at least according to Dr. Herbert Benson, a PHD Harvard Cardiologist, who studied improve genetics of subjects who were trained to control their mind through meditation.
Here's a direct quote from Dr. Benson:
“Many studies have shown that mind/body interventions like the relaxation response can reduce stress and enhance wellness in healthy individuals and counteract the adverse clinical effects of stress in conditions like hypertension, anxiety, diabetes and aging,”
“Now for the first time we’ve identified the key physiological hubs through which these benefits might be induced,”
Benson is director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute.
If a secular meditation can stimulate a God-designed mechanism, imagine what would happen if you meditated on God's word guided by biblical principles. The possibilities are endless!
Which Guided Christian Meditation Should You Practice
There are many guided Christian meditations as one can imagine, each one as distinct as the human fingerprint. You can create your own, or can learn from an instructor. First we should examine what makes a guided Christian meditation.
This type of meditation is simply a way of guiding our time with God, typically with breathing techniques, biblical concepts, and sometimes Christian visualizations. Combined these techniques provide a desired outcome. Guided meditative techniques can be purposed for any reason, reducing stress, eliminating anxiety, fighting depression, normalizing eating habits, improving heart function, and stimulating our natural ability to heal.
It's important to consider the advice of your physician before commencing any meditation practice, remember meditation is not a "cure all", but the beginning of a journey that can lead to health. If you're unhealthy need medical attention you should seek it, consult with your doctor and then start a meditation practice.
Now that you understand the concepts we can move forward to the top ten most popular meditations Christians seek to improve their health.
Top 10 Guided Christian Meditations
Do you need to sleep better? A guided meditation that focuses on Jesus may be what you need. Biblical principles, prayer, and guided instruction can definitely sooth the nerves, clear the mind, and have you resting in the palm of God's hand all night. Practice a guided Christian meditation for sleep here.
Are your nerves frayed? Need a little help settling down? Imagine concentrating on biblical affirmations that reinforce your faith, while releasing unrelenting and torturous thought that causes anxiety. You can enter into a perfect undisturbed state of peace with Jesus. Practice guided Christian meditation for anxiety here.
3. Healing and Health
Need to stimulate your body's God given ability to heal, or stay healthy? Welcome to genetics. Keeping specific scripture in mind while meditating can change your life. Learning how to rhythmically breathe during a biblical meditation will have you feeling great in minutes! Practice guided Christian meditation for healing and health here.
If the clouds never clear up, you need the light of God to increase. With God's increased light in your life you will never again walk in darkness. A meditation focused on scriptural thought while releasing oneself in God's power is enough to elevate you above an beyond doom filled thought patterns. Practice guided Christian meditation for depression here.
5. Prosperity and Abundance
Ever wonder how some Christians just seem to conquer every challenge and difficulty and succeed at everything? They discovered a secret most are unaware. Constant focus on God's word and commandments causes the door of heaven to open (John 14:21 - 23). Practice guided Christian meditation for prosperity and abundance here.
6. Gratitude (Praise and Worship)
The attitude of gratitude. We've heard this before. But how important is it? To be kind and grateful to someone, or God, means to be gracious. A study conducted by two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami distinctly showed that people who were constantly grateful felt healthier, had less visits to doctors, and exercised more. Sounds like positive genetic is stimulating mind and body. Practice guided Christian meditation for gratitude here.
7. Visualization and Imagery
Don't think the principle of visualizing is biblical? Think again. Colossians 3:2, Hebrews 11:27, and Romans 4:20-21 all speak of the mind's strong ability to visualize. The problem most people have is visualizing according to God's word. Visualized Bible verses that apply to a specific goal, or result, can go a long way in supporting your journey. Practice guided Christian meditation visualization and imagery here.
8. Happiness and Joy
Breathe, release negative world concepts, and concentrate on God's power, might, and glory. Your mental attitude will go from grumpy to joyful. Once to see, or visualize, all of God's possibilities in the spiritual realm of Hid word you will jump for joy! Practice guided Christian meditation for happiness and joy here.
9. Relaxation and Peace (Stress Relief)
Heavenly scripture verses that can either be listened to, or verbalized, can clear disturbances in the mind so you can relax. Once you start to relax, you can focus on what really matters, your time with Jesus. Let the healing begin. Practice guided Christian meditation for relaxation here.
10. Self Esteem (Love)
The greatest commandment of all is, "To love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And the second is, to love your neighbor as yourself." God's prescription for self love is to love God and others. By giving love, we receive it. Meditate by the principle of loving and being kind to all, and you will find love increasing in your heart. Practice guided Christian meditation for self esteem here.
I hope this article helped you to understand why guided Christian meditation is so important, why it works, and which meditation will serve your needs the best. Please write your comments below. We love to hear from you. God bless you. We love you and we're praying for you.
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