Learning how to meditate as a Christian is quite simple. It involves focusing your attention on God’s word.
I began meditating on the word of God during a very difficult period in my life; but it wasn’t long before I discovered just how miraculous the word of God is! I could feel myself being transformed and strengthened with each passing day.
What is Biblical Meditation?
The American Heritage Dictionary defines Meditation as “a devotional exercise of or leading to contemplation.” Yet when most people think of the word meditation, they often associate it with repetitive practices and chanting. But there is a very distinct difference between biblical meditation and other traditional forms of meditation. For instance, in transcendental meditation, the individual tunes into the “self” as the knower. In Biblical Meditation however, the believer seeks to commune with God (by contemplating on his Word) and de-identifies with his or her own thoughts by tuning in to the Christ Mind.
“I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.“- Psalm 119:48 (NIV)
Combining Biblical Meditation with Deep Breathing Exercises
I also incorporate simple deep breathing exercises into my meditation time; for its clear physiological benefits. Studies show that proper deep breathing helps to calm the mind, releases endorphins throughout the body, and promotes proper blood flow. Genesis 2:7 also tells us that God breathed life into us through our nostrils…man became a living being through the breath. I therefore believe that when we engage in conscious deep breathing, we are not only renewing our beings, but also in some way, reconnecting with that initial breath.
How to Meditate as a Christian:
1. Select the scripture(s) you would like to meditate on during your time with God (preferably one you have already memorized);
2. Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight, either on the floor in a crossed legged position or in a chair with your feet firmly planted on the floor;
3. Close your eyes and then inhale through your nostrils while extending your stomach muscles. Then exhale slowly through your mouth while pulling in your stomach muscles;
4. Speak the scripture(s) out load, one at a time; each one followed by a set of breaths;
5. Whenever your mind wanders, slowly bring your awareness back to the scriptures.