Week 3: Prayer and Meditation
5. Explore what Henri Nouwen has to say about prayer
6. Have some fun with your prayers and Pray in Color
7. Learn what makes Christian Meditation different from Eastern Meditation
This is week three of 23 Things. See last week’s post for the first four things and an introduction to 23 Things. If you want to be eligible to win a free book, post a comment under each week’s session. Those who complete all 23 Things will be placed in a drawing for a free book.
Back in 2009, Paul McCartney reunited with Ringo Starr during a benefit concert. This event marked the first time that the two surviving Beatles had performed together since 2002. What was the cause that brought out these legends of Rock and Roll? Transcendental Meditation (TM).
Film director David Lynch was hosting this concert to help raise money for his Foundation, which is trying to get TM to be a part of the curriculum of public schools. In this form of Eastern meditation, the idea is to empty your mind of everything so that you can be connected to a transcendent consciousness.
This form of meditation is in stark contrast to Christian meditation, which instead of emptying the mind seeks to fill the mind with God. Psalms 1 describes a person who is so delighted in God that he “meditates on his law day and night.” Eastern meditation wants to remove all desires while Christian mediation wants to increase in what God desires. Eastern Meditation wants to bring the individual to a trance like state while Christian mediation wants to bring the individual to a worshipful state.
Christians should not be alarmed if they hear someone discussing Christian meditation. They should not think that their faith has been overrun by Eastern religious influences. They should realize that spending time filling one’s mind with thoughts of God, his words from scripture, his love, and work on Earth, could be one of the most beneficial practices they could ever participate in.