A typical email I receive is: My doctor recommended meditation to reduce stress. I also wanted a meditation with God in mind. It’s an email I receive from people that have been diagnosed with a serious health condition.
They weren’t just seeking meditation to relax and relieve stress, they were seeking a meditation to connect with God’s peaceful, healing, loving presence.
In Crisis We Especially Turn to God
With any crisis in life, God is usually who we turn to. That turning is typically through prayer. In prayer, however, we are doing all of the talking. Meditation allows us to listen to God. In silence and stillness we give the gift of our presence to God.
The Psalms provide a lot of guidance in regard to meditation with God in mind, silence, and being still:
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. Psalm 62:1
Meditation was popularized by the Transcendental Meditation movement, Buddhism, Hinduism and other Eastern religions. It has not been as popular within many Christian religions. I’d like to believe that is changing.
The Need for Silence and Stillness
Our world is drastically changing. Technology is advancing at an alarming rate. The world has become very noisy. We are constantly connected through electronic devices and inundated with information. More than ever we need to heed the Psalmist’s words.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (the meaning may surprise you)
Meditation with God in mind means emptying the mind of fear, worry, and doubt. In return, it means then filling the mind with God’s peace, love, and power. It’s recharging the mind, body, and soul.
Through this type of meditation, we become mindful or mind full : ) – that God is with us and within us, not separate from us.
Christ Reminds Us of Our Oneness with God
In a beautiful prayer that Jesus prayed for his disciples in John Chapter 17, he asked God for them to feel the oneness with God. He said, “The glory that you have given me I have given them, so they may be one, I in them and you and me, that they may become completely one.”
Keeping up the frantic pace of life’s demands makes us lose sight of our connection with God, our oneness with God.
Again, the Psalmist begins the first words of wisdom in regard to meditation in the first chapter of the 150 chapters of Psalms. “Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.” Psalm 1:2.
While almost any form of meditation is helpful to calm the mind and reduce stress, meditation with God in mind will enrich your mind, body, soul and faith.
Want to experience meditations with God in mind? These guided meditations will help you step-by-step.