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Should Christians Meditate?
Many people question not only how to do Christian meditation, but also should Christians meditate in the first place.
Holistic Faith Lifestyle exists to encourage and enable readers to seek and find sacred amidst the everyday routines. Sitting still and contemplating God’s goodness is time well spent and certainly supports this spiritual goal!
While guided Christian meditation isn’t a requirement for spiritual growth, it is beneficial. Being aware of God’s presence brings emotional healing, aids in cultivating gratitude, highlights the goodness of God and allows us to experience a holistic transformation.
Meditation allows us to dismiss nagging thoughts and tasks and bask in stillness. Even when this is done for a short time, the benefits are astounding.
One of the biggest benefits to meditation is that we learn to pause before reacting. This skill carries over into the rest of our life. and pausing becomes habit. It provides just enough margin to check in with God and remember to take thoughts captive, encourage one another and keep our conversations full of grace (2 Corinthians 10:5, Ephesians 4:29, Colossians 4:6).
In this way, learning to pause helps grow our relationship with God, with others and even ourselves!
How to Do Christian Meditation
Holistic Faith Lifestyle’s Guided Christian Meditation exercises include an introduction to help ground and center you, followed by self-led quiet time. You may wish to use a timer, include music or simply meditate in silence until you feel good about ending the exercise.
Choose a space that is relatively quiet and free from clutter. Sit comfortably or lie down if you prefer. Close your eyes or soften your gaze. Hands may rest gently on the lap or knees. You might like to dim the lighting or opt for natural light only. This is your time and there aren’t any special requirements!
Many times, guided Christian meditations are filled start to finish with discussion. We see no reason to skip over the silence and stillness of Buddhist meditation, and find great value in following the wisdom quotient of that tradition.
While centering ourselves on God by hearing the Word is invaluable, we know God works when we surrender. Sometimes all we need in order to hear from God is to be quiet, which is why we include both a focused written guide and time for silence.
The additional guided Christian meditations included within the Unlimited Access for subscribers include many other techniques and focuses for spiritual growth, emotional healing and relaxation.
Christian meditation Techniques
These 3 guided Christian meditations are inspired by traditional meditation techniques; Body Scan, Loving Kindness and Mindfulness Meditation. The difference in these Christian meditation techniques is an inclusion of God as the source of all good gifts.
Meditation can be done without spiritual involvement, but Holistic Faith Lifestyle believes God created every part of the Mind, Body and Spirit. Since there is great fullness in seeking God with every part of our being, that is the focus of our meditations.
Guided Christian Meditation, Body Scan
Our mind is often going in many thought directions while our bodies are performing other tasks on auto-pilot.
Body Scanning allows us to reconnect the mind and body. Afterwards, you should feel a sense of connectivity or awareness in the body.
Body Scans train the mind to notice and be aware without demanding a reaction. This is very helpful outside of meditation when we encounter an emotional situation and also when we’re ready to fall asleep at bedtime.
For the first time, aim for a 5 minute session. This will allow for 2-3 minutes of sitting in full awareness following your body scan.
This can be done anytime of day but you may find value in starting and finishing your day with a Body Scan.
Done in the morning, you can visualize enlivening each part of your body. Done before bed, you might visualize turning off each part.
Guided Christian Meditation, Loving Kindness
Loving Kindness Meditation is a self-care technique that sets an intention for compassion and forgiveness; first towards yourself and then towards others.
Believing you are God’s goes a long way in reducing stress and granting forgiveness.
This practice easily lends itself to Christian meditation techniques!
We start by affirming God’s gifts within ourself then bless others through prayer.
This Christian Loving Kindness meditation should feel like a warm hug with a healing spiritual boost!
If affirming oneself proves difficult, check out Holistic Faith Lifestyle’s guide to writing your own affirmations in a way that aligns with God’s truth.
Guided Christian Meditation, Mindfulness Exercise
Mindfulness can be done even when you don’t have time to meditate! Mindfulness is the opposite of acting on auto-pilot.
Mindfulness is simply being aware of your five senses, your thoughts and emotions without too much reaction.
Just about every activity you do can be performed with more attention!
This Christian meditation technique for mindfulness includes a one word mantra. Repeating this word, which likely has no memory or point of reference associated with it, helps with letting thoughts and emotions go whenever they become distracting during your quiet meditation time.
Practicing mindfulness for a set period of time each day will set a foundation for being more present all of the time. We could say, “practice makes presence!”.
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