Friday, February 13, 2009

Christian Meditation Resource

As a follow up to my short article on Christian Meditation I’d like to tell you about the website:  http://www.thechristianmeditator.com/

I originally heard of this website through a comment left here on this blog by Rhonda Jones who is the author of a series of Christian meditation and relaxation audio Cds that help believers to relax, eliminate negative thoughts, and spend more quality time with God.  For more information about her work please visit her website above.

After looking through her website I found many useful meditations, lessons, and articles that are all free.

So check it out!

Christian Meditation, Relaxation, and Affirmations Cds, Resources, and MP3s

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Christian Meditation

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things." (Ph 4:8)


Christian meditation dwells on what has already been revealed in creation or inspired revelation.  Whereas other forms of meditation are seeking some new truth to be revealed.  It is very important to not confuse the two.  The purpose of Christian Meditation is to nourish man with an understanding of God and His Revealed Will (not to seek for some previously unrevealed truth), and to give man spiritual joy and strength through such nourishment (cf. Ps 1:1-3; Is 40:28-31).  This nourishment is spoken of by Jesus, when tempted by Satan:  “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matt 4:4)

 

We should reflect upon God’s Word in a thoughtful way, appropriate its truths personally and apply them to our life.  Below are some examples of meditation in the Bible. 


Isaac meditated in the field at eventide - Gen 24:63 


Joshua was charged by God to mediate "day and night" - Josh 1:8 


The "blessed man" in Psalms 1 is one who meditates - Ps 1:1-2 


David became wiser than his teachers through meditation - Ps 119:99 


Paul commanded Timothy to "meditate on these things" - 1 Ti 4:15

  

Sample routine for meditation 



  • Choose a place that is quiet and free from distractions.
  • Choose a time that will allow you to not be or feel rushed.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Pray prior to your meditation, perhaps also read a passage from the Bible to give you a focus for your meditation.
  • Do 6 to 8 rounds of Regular Breathing (breathe in counting to 6, hold to a count of 6, breathe out counting to 6).
  • Relax your mind and open all thoughts to Jesus.
  • Meditate for 10 to 15 minutes (this time can be increased or decreased based on personal preference).
  • Do stretching and any other form of exercise that you do daily.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mini-length Free Guided Meditations

One of the things that I talked about in ’Dealing with PTSD’ was learning about different relaxation techniques.  One technique that works well is meditation.  You can combine this with your exercise, or even set it aside by itself.  There are several different ways to meditate.  One way is by following a guided meditation, which is listening to someone else who is guiding you through the meditation process. 

If you are new to meditation I highly suggest starting out with a few guided meditations.  I would suggest trying Jeanie Marshall has two good guided meditations here:  Mini-length Free Guided Meditations

I will be putting up more about different types of meditations and suggestions for getting started with your own meditations, so check back for those posts!!

In response to ‘Dealing with PTSD’

After posting my very short summary of dealing with PTSD on Saturday I received a comment from Michele Rosenthal who runs the blog PARASITES OF THE MIND.  I of course was curious about her blog so I went there to check it out.

I spent hours reading through stuff!  She has tons of great information for those that are struggling with PTSD.  She also has a free healing workshop on her blog, that you can join at anytime!

So go check it out:  http://parasitesofthemind.blogspot.com/