As one who questions yoga and all things remotely New Age, meditation scares me.
Meditation: Enjoying an indestructible sense of well-being. Directing awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved. Inducing a mode of consciousness as an end in itself. An internal effort to self-regulate the mind.
I’m sorry, but if that is meditation, you’ll find me running in the opposite direction. Yes, I “enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being,” thank you, but only because I am upheld by Grace. No need to close my eyes and repeat mantras.
Then why does the Bible teach meditation?
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2
Biblical meditation has nothing to do with self-awareness. It has everything to do with God-awareness.
Not an “induced mode of consciousness,” but a God-given ability to dwell on that which is eternal.
Not an “internal effort to self-regulate the mind,” but an intentional saturation of the mind with truth.
And so, day and night, we come to the Word of God to meditate. For unlike mental repetitions and bodily contortions, the Word can actually bring a deep sense of calm and healing to the soul.
It may mean we confine ourselves to hammock and breeze of mountain air so as to turn off the noise.
It may mean we fill idle moments with Word-songs until they’re stuck on repeat in our voices and ears.
It may mean that, as we read and study Scripture, we journal every Spirit-sent thought so that it’s burned forever in our hearts.
Whatever it takes to meditate – to center our minds on God and allow his Word to permeate our thinking and change our lives.
The result can only be genuine, lasting peace.
I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.
I remember the days of old. I meditate on all that you have done.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord.
Selections from the Book of Psalms
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