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What is Christian meditation?
If you look up the word "meditate" in the dictionary it means to "engage in thought or contemplation; reflect." Meditation means the act of meditating; continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation; or devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection. Therefore the practice of Christian meditation would be to engage in thought, contemplation, and reflection about our relationship with Christ and/or the Word of God. There is nothing really mystical about it. We all meditate everyday when are minds are singled-focused on something for an extended period of time. There are different methods used to meditate on God but our goal is to create a more fruitful walk with the Lord.
What are the benefits of Christian meditation?
There are countless benefits to Christian meditation. I believe the 3 greatest benefits of Christian meditation is that it allows us to spend more quality time with God, teaches us to control our thought life, and helps us maintain our mental health and emotional well-being.
Spend More Quality Time with God- The Psalms 46:10 tells us to be still and know God. In order to know God we need to spend time with him. The more time we spend in Godís word and abide in his presence, the more we take on his character and likeness. In Luke 19, when Jesus went to Zaccheaus, the tax collector's home, it is said that Zaccheaus told Jesus as a result of his visit, If I has wronged or cheated anyone I will repay them back with interest. When we dwell in God's presence we are changed. When Mary and Martha had Jesus over as a dinner guest, Martha became upset because Mary wasn't helping her with the preparations. Jesus told Martha that she had many cares, but that Mary had made the better choice, to dwell at his side, and it will not be taken away from her.
Control Thought Life- Ephesians Chapter 6 tell us to cast down every fiery dart that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring every thought into the obedience of Christ. Meditation helps us to still our minds so that we can observe the subtle or unconscious thoughts that weíre thinking. If we are not controlling our thoughts, then our thoughts are controlling us. Many people live unconsciously or by mental default. They have never examined their internal dialogue and live by reaction instead of purposefully. Meditation can help you to observe the mental chatter in your mind so that you can eliminate and replace them with Godís word and rise above lower level consciousness.
Promotes Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being- Just like we rest and cleanse our outer and inner bodies, our minds also need to consistent rest. Without mental rest we become overwhelmed by the worries and the cares of our lives. We need to mentally detox from all the mental clutter, messages, and information weíre constantly bombarded with. It is during times of quietness, stillness and reflection that we're in the best position hear and commune with God. During meditation we learn surrender every situation to God. In return, we receive that peace that passes all understanding. We release the stress and many toxic emotions that
interfere with our peace of mind.
Is it ungodly for Christians to meditate?
I believe that Christians who are opposed to Christ-centered meditation don't really
understand the practice and its benefits. They also fail to acknowledge that meditating on Christ is encouraged in the Bible. Read the following scriptures:
>Psalms chapter 46:10 tells us to be still and know that I am God.
>Joshua chapter 1 verse 8, admonishes us to meditate on God's word day and night.
>Psalms chapter 4: 4 persuades us,"When you are in your beds, search your hearts and be silent.
>David desired in Psalms 104: 34, that his meditations be pleasing to the Lord.
>Isaiah declared in Chapter 50:4, "He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.
>Moses spent 40 days on the mountain abiding and learning from God (Exodus 34-35).
>Paul received revelation and saw visions from heaven (2 Corinthians 12).John wrote visions that are recorded in the book of Revelations.
>The Bible says even Jesus spent hours alone with God (Luke 5:16; Mark 1:35).
Our greatest inspirations and truths come during times of quietness, stillness, openness, and reflection- all components of meditation. Almost any activity can be abused and used for evil. Sometimes it's not what we do but our motivation for doing it. In the same light, the practice of meditation can be used to honor God or dishonor Him. Some forms of meditation encourage participants to empty their minds in an effort to connect with the
supernatural world. That can be dangerous. However, Christian meditation encourages believers to be still before God so we can dwell in his presence, focus entirely on Him, and quiet our minds so we can fully embrace His Word.
Why do Christians need to control their thoughts?
Every individual lives by what I call an internal life or mental script that determines their actions and mindsets. Many of these mindsets, which originated from youth, were embedded in our subconscious minds and weíre often not aware theyíre there. Even though we receive Christ as our Savior, our conditioning, scripts, patterns, and habits don't leave or change automatically. Most of us live on mental default most of the time. Because of our busy and hectic lives, we donít take the time to be still be enough so that we can observe our thoughts and challenge, eliminate or alter them in accordance with the Word of God. Consequently, we continue to struggle just like Paul stated in Romans 7, we know what to do, but we just canít seem to do it. We may listen to an inspiring sermon and get excited for the moment, but before long it wears off and weíre often back to our old behaviors. By meditating, we learn to look objectively at our thoughts and learn to take authority over them instead of the other way around. How can you control your thoughts if you donít even recognize what they are? For more information read my article,
What is the History of Christian Meditation?
Please visit our Christian Meditation Articles page for links, history, and articles and other informative information on Christian Meditation.
What should I do after the meditation end?
At the conclusion of each meditation, turn off the CD player and spend some time in silence just abiding in Godís presence. For most people, you will want to linger with God indefinitely because it's a simply wonderful feeling. On many occasions God may impress upon you a word, phrase, scripture, unction, or even a vision. At that time, I will either open the Bible and try to locate a chapter or passage that relates to that particular word or phrase and read it intently looking for any meaning currently relevant to my life or circumstances. You can write any words, messages, or inspirations in a journal. Following journaling spend some time in prayer.
My mind begins to wander off, what should I do?
During the meditation, refrain from trying to memorize everything you hear. Just relax and bring your mind and body to a state of stillness and oneness with God's spirit by focusing on your breathing and keeping your mind free from distractions. Whenever your mind begins to wander, repeat the scripture, "peace be still,Ē "I surrender all," "Jesus take control," or "I have the mind of Christ." Only pick one and stick with it throughout the meditation. Your spirit will absorb Godís Word being spoken, so you don't have to focus too heavily on it. If you make the meditation a mental exercise, you are trying to control the outcome and may feel frustrated and stressed in the end. During and at the end of the meditation you should experience a sense of peace, well-being, and the serenity with God.
Why do you encourage deep breathing exercises?
Deep breathing exercises provide an excellent method to relieve stress and rid yourself of toxic emotions that inhabit your body. Emotions become toxic when they create prolonged depression, oppression, or worry in our lives. The most common toxic emotions include fear, pain, anxiety, and guilt. You can literally release these emotions from your body by identifying them and consciously eliminating them through deep breathing exercises. To target specific emotions, sit quietly and ask yourself, what am I feeling. As you reflect on the emotion, reflect on what thought or action led to your uneasiness or pain. For example, you may feel sad or anxious. Now reflect back on when it started and what may have caused it. Perhaps someone in the grocery store made a rude comment to you. Almost every negative emotion can be traced back to a specific incident. If you can identify the thought, you can work through it and the destructive emotions associated with it. During deep breathing, each time you exhale, mentally sayÖI release and then insert the emotion you want to release. For example, I release anxiety. Continue to repeat the exercise until all vestiges of the toxic emotion are gone and your peace of mind is restored.
I am plagued with uncontrollable and raging thoughts almost constantly. What should I do?
Read the article you can access on the Control Negative Thoughts by Hiring a Mental Gatekeeper. It contains some techniques to help you stop negative thoughts in their path. Also, consider purchasing my e-guide, Detox Your Life Now and Awaken Your Inner Spirit.
How often should I listen to the meditations?
At least once per day. Instructions regarding a meditation schedule is on the Cd introduction and/or in the CD inside panel. Meditation works progressively, so the longer and more often you do it, the greater benefits youíll receive. Consistent meditation promotes peace of mind and mental clarity. It will help you to recognize mental clutter and negative thoughts or emotions that are trying to invade your mind. Just like taking your daily vitamins, you canít see them working but you feel the positive effects in better health. Meditation works the same. Over time youíll feel more at peace and your intimacy with God will increase.
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I have listened to your tape and found it very relaxing. This is only my second time I have been able to hear such relaxing tapes. Seeing I am new at this kind of meditation I hope to continue enjoying this kind of Christianity. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to hear, and being able to relax as I have been very up tight of late
God Bless and take care. Veronica
The Christian meditations have been wonderful. They help me slow down enough to fully let God in, and I am able to stay more centered and focused throughout my days. I have been sharing them with a prayer group at my children's school, and after a long period of stagnation, we have had 7 new visitors by word of mouth because they are enjoying this type of prayer so much. Even the children in the classroom like the meditations during rest time and have requested them instead of their usual classical music. I can say the work you have done has blessed my life, and blessed those whom with I share it. Thank you for being one of the pioneers in bringing this type of prayer to others through your outreach.
Peace be with you,
Wellspring United Methodist Church
Judy and I are looking to draw closer to the Lord. We are Spirit filled Christians and just want a closer walk with Him. She is the one who found your site and recommended that I join. I love the series and have let my wife use your links to view each part. I would love to have the series on my ipod to listen to. We both want to dig deeper into Christian meditation.
I'm listening to it right now, WOW! the approach with the tone of her voice is automatically relaxing and I love the sound of the background. Just heard a Bible verse, yes without a doubt I like it very much - thank you
Thank you! I have so enjoyed the 18 weeks with Christian Meditator. For me, personally,
I had done some meditation before this series, but have had a re-awakening to the necessity of it. I am 48 years old and have 4 children who are all benefiting from my
receiving these 18 weeks. I have enjoyed the free meditation music as well, Rhonda; thank you.
You have been a blessing!
Good evening out here in Switzerland. I started with the
first part of your Christian Meditation and I feel so much
relaxed. I would like to thank God for sending you to me.
I will tell you my story after sometime. Again, I thank you
and God bless a thousand-fold.
Your voice is so relaxing! I am keeping this particular mp3 player just for all your meditations! I usually listen all night long when I am sleeping to some form of God's Word...feeding my spirit... I will get another mp3 for the sermons/music I listen to...
Yes I have listened to your recording and found it to be extremely beneficial and even life saving. By the grace of God, you have given me the opportunity to better handle my restless mind and have made a
complete world of difference in life. Thank you so much and may God Bless you always for what you are doing for him...
I think the series is great. It really gave an indepth meaning/definition to Christian Meditation. I believe that when people view the series they will see that it is scriptural to meditate. This is good. I am looking forward to what other revelations that the Lord will bring me through this. God Bless You.
Good evening, your video series are informative and has given me a deeper insight into meditating. I am new to meditating and I am glad to find information on Christian meditating. Your positive affirmations are also a Godsend. My 10yr old daughter recently went through an ordeal and repeating the positive affirmations helped her face her fears. Keep up the good work!! God Bless you and your family.
Thank you so much, I listen to it every night before I go to bed. I sleep very well. God has given me the knowledge now of how to control my thoughts. Thank you God and thank you Rhonda.
I am listening to the meditation once in the morning and once in the evening. It has been like a personal trip to the emergency room for me.
Meditation is a habit I have practiced for a long time. However lately I have been unable to focus or even pray. My husband has end stage kidney failure, heart failure, Valley fever, MRSA, and diabetes and is a real estate broker. I plan to order some of your CD's I just haven't decided one one yet. I am so thankful I searched on line for Christian Meditation and found your web site.
God Bless You,
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