Finding Peace and Staying Present through Meditation
Little gold statues of Buddha, chakras, om, and incense--all come to mind when we think of meditation, but that doesn't mean meditation is wrong for a believer. Meditation can be a heightened spiritual experience and a peaceful encounter with God. How should Christians approach meditation?
For the past two weeks, I've been trying meditation. Now I know what some of you might be thinking. Meditation is only for Buddhists, yogis and vegans. That's far from the truth. Meditation, in its most basic form, is taking a moment in complete mental stillness, and it can be incorporated into a Christian lifestyle.
Why do I meditate?
All my life I have lived with a cluttered mind. I've got the daily tasks, future plans, current worries, future worries, and everything in between. Just as the Holy Spirit influences my state of mind, devil tries to make a nest of my brain and make think sinful thoughts of anger, impatience and lust. I must always have my guard up. Coming home after working over the summer, I realized part of the reason I have such a cluttered sinful mind is because I was living in a cluttered environment. That's part of the reason I decided to incorporate more minimalism into my lifestyle (blog post to come next week).
How do I meditate?
The Calm app: I started with the Calm guided meditation app. This app guides listeners through the basics of daily 10 minute meditation, accompanied by soothing sounds and images. I enjoy my 10 at night before I go to bed to quiet my mind for more restful sleep.
Bible Meditation: I then looked for meditation in a Christian context and found a blog article (which I highly recommend checking out) that provided instructions on biblical meditation focused on God's word. The writer emphasizes the importance of not just reading God's word, but meditating on it, soaking it into our mind and daily lives. This practice affirmed the validity of meditation (God's stamp of approval) and revealed to me how God provides the avenue of escape from the world. I read Ephesians 2:14-22 and chose to meditate on verses 17-18.
In this journey to start meditation, I seek the peace Paul speaks about. He says we have an unlimited access to this peace no matter how far from or how close we are to God. Peace can be defined as freedom from a disturbance. Essentially, in dying on the cross Jesus granted us access to the Holy Spirit which gives us 24/7 avenue to peace, to freedom from the world and all its disturbances.
***BONUS tip: You can incorporate meditation into your devotional time. In your prayers leave room at the end for silence. Clear your mind and allow for God to speak back to you.
I encourage you this week: Take 10 minutes of your day and try meditation. Call upon His Spirit, and God will grant you peace of mind, freeing you from earthly worries and keeping you spirit-minded.
Walk in peace,