Meditation isn’t just for monks and priest anymore, many Christians are also enjoying the benefits of spending time with God in quietness and solitude. Christian Guided Meditations take the guess work out of meditation by providing believers with a method of meditating on God that doesn’t contradict with their Christian faith. Most Christian Guided Meditation Cds or recordings include a progressive relaxation and scriptural narrative that includes biblical stories, relevant scriptures, positive affirmations and relaxing music.
It is important that the Christian Guided Meditation Cd, mp3, or recording you choose begins with brief relaxation exercises that prepares you to receive God’s word. Deep breathing exercises that engage your diaphragm are one of the best ways to relax not only your body but your mind. Many guided meditations will have you inhale deeply, hold the breath for several seconds and then exhale. Next, they guide you through relaxing each area of your body from your head down to your feet. Once you are relaxed, your subconscious mind is much more receptive to receive God’s words.
Christian guided meditation narratives can take many forms. Some meditation Cds contain biblical affirmations, these are positive statements based on God’s word. Others may weave a Bible story through the meditation based upon a specific topic. Some guided meditations are interactive; they have you performing various tasks during the meditation like walking through a valley, interacting with Jesus, or nailing your cares to a cross.
During Center Prayer, a silent form of meditation, you silently repeat a sacred word anytime your mind begins to wander. As someone who has been practicing Christian guided meditation for years now, over the past six months I have incorporated Centering Prayer in my quiet meditation time with God. If you are interest in this type of Christian meditation technique, I highly recommend J. David Muysken’s book, 40 Days to a Closer Walk with God. It will teach you the technique of Centering Prayer as it deepens your walk with God. It’s a great daily devotional as the book is broken into 40 daily times with God. Another great resource for Centering Prayer is Praying the Psalms.
In Christian mantra meditation, you continually repeat a scripture phrase or word that helps to keep your mind anchored and present in God.
All of these meditation techniques help to promote a deeper relationship with God as well as the ability to control compulsive or negative thinking on demand. Christians who meditate regularly say they are more peaceful, calm, and possess more joy than when they did not meditate. Christian meditation is also a great stress reliever and has helped many believers overcome depression.
Christian guided meditation has a long history in the Christian faith. Many proponents of Christian meditation attest to the practice of Jesus, who spent time alone with God daily and the many scriptures that encourage believes to meditate on God.
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