How do you meditate? You might have googled the question and found a ton of different answers about basic meditation techniques.
But, for many Christians, those answers might simply create more questions. Is this right for believers?
If you’re a Christian, then you’re likely confused with all the world has to offer on the subject of meditation.
Here are a few tips, techniques, and meditation types to help Christians understand how meditation can fit into your life.
Especially if you’re a beginner, our basic meditation guide will help get you started as you deepen intimacy with Jesus through regular meditation.
If you’re a beginner, you’ve probably heard so many terms thrown out ("mindfulness," "centering," "meditation postures," etc).
So let’s explore a few of the basic steps in simple language:
Once you’ve managed to get down the basics of meditation, it’s time to take your meditation techniques up a notch.
As a Christian, you don’t want to just focus on yourself. Instead, we can choose to meditate on God’s word.
How can you do that? Sit for meditation with your Bible.
A few recommendations:
Alternatively, you can meditate on the Holy Word through the practice of Lectio Divina. This is mainly to cultivate a knowledge of scripture and develop intimacy with God.
It has five steps:
The difference is vast. In non-Christian meditation, the purpose of meditation is to focus internally.
Christian meditation based on Scripture, on the other hand, is theocentric. It places all the emphasis on God. Instead of filling our minds with ourselves, it calls us to empty ourselves and focus on our all-seeing, all-knowing, omniscient God.
As you meditate, here are a few handy tips.
Breathing exercises might take time to master. You may find that, in the early days of your practice of meditation, all your time is consumed just trying to get the mindful breathing right.
Don’t let it bother you. Be kind to yourself. For good regular meditation practice, this relaxation exercise is paramount. It alone is proven to reduce stress and mood alone.
Clear out space where you’ll meditate. Clutter will only distract you, fill you with anxiety, and keep you unfocused.
If you live with a houseful of kids, a quiet house might be hard to come by. Ask your family to give you a few moments of silence or ask them to join you. Silence is important as you meditate and make it a regular practice.
There are 4 different types of Meditation. These are:
If you’re meditating in the early part of the day, when you’re fresh, you can try movement meditation or a walking meditation.
It incorporates movement at a slow pace and mindfulness. You can play a praise-and-worship song and simply move as you are inspired.
In this form of meditation, you specifically focus on God and try to build a relationship with him.
All your heart and soul is involved in seeking him. Here you can use your Bible or simply use this as a time of prayer and contemplation, as outlined in the Lectio Divina practice above.
This is a meditation where you visualize either a person or an event. Maybe you’re praying for something or someone; visualize those situations and focus on the outcome you’re praying for.
Reinforce it through repeated prayer. See your blessing with eyes of faith.
In this meditation, you can use an audio track to help guide you in a mindfulness practice.
This is super helpful if you’re new to daily meditation.
The voice on the track can lead you to deep breathing, lower blood pressure, calmness, meditation and reflection in an organized manner without you having to think about what to do next.
The meditating Christian seeks to pursue God by emptying themselves and focusing on His grace. This runs contrary to what the world teaches of meditation — focusing inwardly.
Matt 6:33 NRSV says, “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
As you grow in holiness, God will lead you on your path of meditation as long as you seek Him.
If you're looking for additional help, we have special audio episodes specifically created to help you with meditation.