The Christian meditation technique is centered on the various beliefs of the Christian faith and differs somewhat from one denomination to another.
The basic goal of this meditation is to bring one into a closer relationship with God or Christ. Meditation in the realm of Christianity has long been considered to be the same as prayer.
Christian meditation technique is evolving in that it is much more than simple prayer and supplication nowadays. Many modern day Christians are using ancient techniques from other cultures and religions in order to clear the mind. For example Christian mantra meditation is becoming a more and more popular Christian meditation technique these days.
Clearing the mind of worldly thoughts and attachments helps individuals focus more intensely on the word of God as they meditate.
In the Holy Bible King David of Israel wrote quite a number of passages on meditation. He speaks of how meditation is to be a very large part of Christian worship.
"But, they (Christians) delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and
night." Psalm 1:2 NLT.
This passage indicates that the Christian enjoys thinking on their God and growing spiritually closer to Him and desire to practice meditation almost constantly.
While talking with people about this meditation technique, I got various replies, however the most common themes that people found were these:
- An act that brings a person closer to God
- Reflections on God and Christ
- Contemplation on the Scriptures
- Surrendering to God
- Praying silently
- Centering the focus on God
Here are some of the benefits of practicing Christian meditation techniques:
Meditating to God can help a person grow spiritually and get closer to God. Based on the Psalm 46.10, we are taught that we should be still and know God. Through meditation we achieve that stillness that allows us to become much closer to God in those moment.
Also studies showed that through meditation, a person can become happier and mentally healthier as well. The body cleanses and the mind and soul heals as well through resting. We all need a few minutes of quiet time alone so we can regenerate from the daily stress of worries, problems and issues thrown at us at work and at home.
Many people, by meditating, are surrendering their problems to God, just like with the prayer. This will, in turn, allow the person to become calm, stress free, peaceful, ready to face the next day ahead.
Removing negative thinking is one way achieved through meditation. Actually the best way to remove any negative thoughts IS through practicing it. Being in control of one's thoughts can keep evil entities and evil thoughs away from the mind. There are many toxic emotions that we feel every day: negativity, anger, envy, worry, need of 'things', jealousy and many others. By removing such thoughts through meditation we become much more peaceful, we become free from such bad influences once and for all.