Individuals that meditate do it differently. Some may meditate with low volume instrumental music playing in the background, while saying positive affirmations and doing deep breathe exercises. There are those that meditate in complete silence for a few minutes to half an hour, and keeping your body still the whole time while meditating is important. Individuals that meditate do it for getting rid of bad habits, such as smoking cigarettes, OCD conditions, drug addictions, and/or build up spiritual health. You can include all elements when meditating; breathing exercise, prayer, stillness, visualization, and affirmations.
When you repeat to yourself over again the bad habit you will not continue to do, and begin repeating the positive habit you will replace with the old one, you're planting positive affirmations into your subconscious memory that will grow and the new you will transform. It may take some individuals to notice results in a few months, and it might take others a year or more to see results. But when the results of the daily meditation does begin to show results, continue the meditation for the remainder of your life just for spiritual reasons and mind-health.
Meditating using Bible verses is beneficial for Christians and non-Christian people. When meditating it's important to do deep breathing exercises, by inhaling through your nose, hold the air in for 2-4 seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. The affirmations in meditation have to be spoken where you can actually hear them, and not just saying them in your mind. You may have to wait until your alone or make time to be alone in a room. Set a 5-60 minute timer on a cellular phone or on another timer device. You may start doing 5 minute meditation the first week, and the next week do 10 minute mediation exercises. Each week gradually advance to more minutes of mediation to achieve the best results.
Make a meditation chart to mark down the days that you meditate, and the different elements you used during meditation. It's good to meditate on one Bible verse each meditation session; you can use the topics below.
The Holy Bible recommends that we meditate on good things, in Philippians 4:8.
Bible verses to use when meditating
Anxiety - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Meditate - Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy, meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Renewing - Put off concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the Spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
Free - Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)
Fear - Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 4:10)
Weapons - For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10: 4-5)
Wealth - Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth. (Deuteronomy 8:18)
Liberty - Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Faith - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Strength - He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youth shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
The Bible says what ever things are righteous meditate on those things day and night. You have to close your eyes and visualize to see yourself out of a bad habit, this is also called exercising your FAITH. Visualization is followed by taking action until what you see in your mind is reality. Breaking a bad habit might not happen over-night by meditation, but it will gradually happen if exercised for a long period of time. The key is consistency, many people that meditate is dedicated to doing it as a lifestyle choice.
The question is will you continue to mediate after the bad habit has been broken due to proper mediation? Most individuals will answer this as a Yes.
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