I get so many questions about christian meditation. What is it? How do I get started? So I thought today we could take a brief look at the goals of traditional yoga meditation and christian or Christ-centered meditation. To simplify it greatly traditionally meditation in a yoga practice is used to empty ones thoughts and eventually to help reach a state of enlightenment. In christian meditation, the goal is to quiet the mind and be still before the Lord as well a to meditate on the Word of God and His Truth, to be fully connected to God as our source as His Truth fills us and becomes rooted in us.
Getting still before the Lord is more challenging than it sound but also very simple. I have a few suggestions as you get started in your new meditation practice that will help minimize distractions. Remember that meditation is a practice and not something we check off the list. It is truly where we get quiet and enter the holy of holies with the creator of the universe. It is in this place we find connection to His infinite love, healing, and wisdom.
Here are some easy ideas to help you on your journey to cultivating a personal home meditation practice.
Choose your location. Select a place where it is quiet, and you will not be easily interrupted. There are many options, a corner of your room by a window, or in your closet, maybe you already have a place dedicated to prayer or your yoga practice. The key here is a place that you can step away from the distractions of every day life .
Create an atmosphere that brings you joy and peace. If you are inspired by nature a window or place outside may be all you need. If you are inside consider getting all 5 senses involved. Get a comfortable cushion, soft blanket or a small beautiful rug. Bring nature into your space with a plant or picture . Include a candle (even a battery operated) or salt lamp. You can even diffuse your favorite essential oil. Finally grab your favorite warm drink or bottle of water.
I recommend keeping a journal and pen near by for processing, prayer, or just to get random thoughts out of your head and onto a page to help quiet the mind.
Don’t forget your bible
Silence is your friend. I use an app called insight timer to keep track of my time. It starts and ends the time I have set with a chime. This way I don’t have to feel concerned I will lose track of time. There are many options out there for mediation timers and they are all pretty equal.
Now that we have some ideas for creating a meditation space, how do we practice meditation that is centered on the Lord. There are many ways we can approach this. One is to simply choose a passage of scripture to read and think on asking the Lord to give you insight to the verse or passage. Another option is to find a guided christian meditation online. Guided meditations come in a variety of styles. Some have music or nature sounds in the background and scripture spoken in intervals. Some include relaxation techniques to help calm the mind and body before entering into the scripture. There are also some that are more of a devotional style. Two of my favorite scripture meditation apps are Jesus Words and Abide. These apps are a great way to get started on your meditation journey.
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