Good morning! ☕
On this beautiful day, let us praise God and enjoy all His blessings!
So you’ve heard about meditation and all its wonderful benefits. Actually, you can’t stop hearing about them and about how much it can transform your life! It sounds good, and you want to reap the benefits too.
But wait… isn’t it a new age practice?
Yes, and no. For many, the word “meditation” means sitting with your back straight, legs all a’pretzeled, with eyes closed and humming mantras. However…
The word “meditation” also means:
contemplation, thought, thinking, musing, pondering,
consideration, reflection, prayer, deliberation, study…
3 Ways to Make Meditation a Christian Practice
Way #1: Do it for Relaxation
Get comfy and close your eyes. Take a deep breath, one that isn’t shallow and up in your chest. Let the air flow down into your lungs, expanding your belly. Exhale. Ahhh… nice.
Breathing deeply, lowering your shoulders from your ears, relaxing your jaw…
all very beneficial for your body and mind.
Taking some time to ease your body into a relaxed position is one of the best ways to take care of your health. You can lower your stress dramatically and avoid muscle tightness.
Meditation can simply involve relaxation– nothing more. But if you’d like to include Christ in your practice…
Way #2: Meditate on God’s Word
Remember that “meditation” also means thinking, considering, and study. With this in mind, open up your Bible and read the Word of God.
Don’t rush through the pages. Stop and consider what God’s Word means for you.
Meditating in this way is mentioned in the Bible several times.
When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night ~ Psalm 63:6.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. ~ Psalm 1:2
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. ~ Psalm 143:5
Way #3: Drop the Baggage
One of the hardest parts of learning English is that one word can have several meanings. Take the word “right.” You can be right. You can turn right. You can have the right…
So many meanings! The word “meditation” is the same.
Stop thinking of meditation as new age.
And if you can’t, call it something else!
If people misunderstand you when you say “I meditate,” change it up. You can say “I study the word of God,” or “I practice deep relaxation.” Whatever feels most comfortable for you, and whatever describes your practice accurately to others 🌸😊
So, go ahead! Reap the benefits of relaxation and studying God’s word. Aka meditation.
Take care and God bless!
PS: Oh, and I’ve started reading this book about meditation, and I love it already!!
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.