- The Value of Meditation
- Meditation is a way to quiet your body, heart and mind, and is an invaluable way to de-stress your life and yourself. Meditation can improve your physical self by recharging your body, improve your spiritual self by bringing you closer to God, and improve your mental self by clearing your thoughts and mind.
- Meditation is just as important as any of the other things you do as part of your “quiet time”—prayer, self-hypnosis, relaxation—anything you do to shut out the outside world and take time for yourself. There is nothing wrong with putting as much energy into yourself as you put into others. In fact, unless you take the time to recharge yourself, such as through meditation, you will not have the energy you need to help others.
- Meditation is also as important as the other things you do as part of your normal daily routine—taking a bath or shower, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, going to work, eating, etc.—these are all things you do to take care of your body, or your outer self. Meditation is used to take care of your inner self. With a more peaceful inner self, your outer self will perform better.
- Meditation should be part of your personal time. Not personal time in the sense of your usual personal time; i.e., relaxing with a book, watching television or a movie, talking on the telephone, visiting with friends, etc. These are enjoyable, but they are still outside distractions. These things still do nothing to benefit your inner or spiritual growth and well-being, while meditation will.
- During meditation, you can get in touch with that part of yourself that you unconsciously suppress—your true nature. Meditation helps you to find the truth you’ve been seeking, answers to your questions and solutions to your problems. It is through meditation that you can experience true peace and love, and feel closer to God.
- Through meditation you learn to release negative thoughts and emotions that rage within you and keep you from losing the simple ability to just be still. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” How can you know that He is God if you can’t be still? Meditation not only allows you to be physically still, but mentally still as well. When your mind is quiet, you are open to receive God’s healing grace. That healing grace is always there, but it cannot come into a mind that is cluttered, while meditation helps to un-clutter those thoughts.
- Meditation is invaluable in tuning out the world and tuning in to the spirit, to God. Like being able to tune into that one radio station you’re looking for through the static of all the other competing stations.
- Meditation is to the soul as rain is to dry earth—refreshing, renewing, restoring. You may need to make time in your busy schedule, but it will make all the difference in your inner spiritual growth and well-being; in finding true peace and love; in finding the healing, strengthening grace that God can give you. And finding that peace, love, and grace is worth making the time for meditation.
- In meditation we are not thinking or imagining about God at all. In Meditation we seek to do something immeasurably greater; we seek to be with God, to be with Jesus, to be with the His holy spirit. In meditation we go beyond thoughts, even holy thoughts. Meditation is concerned not with thinking but with being. Our aim in Christian prayer and meditation is to allow God's mysterious and silent presence within us to become the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, to everything we are. The task of meditation, therefore, is to bring our distracted mind to stillness, silence and attention. In the Bible, Psalms 46:10 it says: Be still, and know that I am God:: Meditation is being Still.
- Michele Soloway Sexton