I posted this three years ago. It was part of a series of posts on the practice of Christian meditation. Back then, mindfulness wasn’t even the buzzword it is now.
The lack of response from Christians regarding their own historical practice of meditation and mindfulness is concerning. Grown Up Christians have so much to bring to the table on this topic but we are largely silent. Maybe republishing these posts will help spark some thought and discussion.
You have read this post and this post and you think you want to try this meditation thing. Let me give you a simple exercise for you to do.
Right off the top of my head, I can think of some meditative verses that we can use.
“Be still and know that I am God”
“Speak for your servant is listening”
“Abide in me and I will abide in you”
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”
First, take a verse and repeat it once. Next, pause and imagine your life reflecting the truth of the verse. That is all there is to it. Try this for 10 minutes and then do another verse tomorrow.
Let me give you an example of what I am talking about.
Say we choose to do “My peace I give to you.”After repeating the verse a few times, I am going to imagine what Christ’s peace is all about and what it would look like in my life if I was inhabited with the peace of Christ. What would be different about my life? What habits or behaviors would no longer have a hold on me? How might my relationships be impacted? Be grateful for Christ and his outpouring of gifts.
Pretty simple and intuitive, right? Try it now and tell me what God is teaching you through this exercise.