Meditation as we know it originated in India. It is a religious practice used by Hindu sages in order to attain enlightenment. It has influenced Buddhist and other religions that has created their own methods of meditation. Today the practice is widely regarded as a means of relaxation and stress relief.
What Is Meditation- Before we go any deeper we have to be clear on one important question. What is meditation? You might be familiar with the usual image of a person doing meditation cross legged and with eyes closed, but meditation is more than that. What is important in this practice is what’s going on inside your mind. You need to focus your attention on a certain object, thought or even sound. You need banish all other thoughts from your consciousness. There are many schools of thought when it comes to mediation, but they all agree on this point.
Meditation- This process is being adopted for modern use. It is seen as a means of relieving stress and tension from the body. It is also being used as a means of enhancing the learning capacity of individuals. Because of these benefits the practice of meditation is spreading and more and more people are getting into it.
Meditation and Christianity- This situation gives rise to a question. Is it right for Christians to practice meditation? Christian doctrine says that any practice that originated from religions that do not believe in Christ should be off limits to real Christians and anything from Hinduism would fall under that category since it is a religious system based on the belief in many gods. It is so alien from Christianity.
What Does the Bible Say about Meditation? – Christians use the Bible as the basis of their faith. So that would be the best reference for determining whether a practice like meditation is something that real Christians should engage in. The thing is that when you search the Bible for references on meditation you need not to search for very long.
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” That passage is from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 6 Verse 6. I think that the method of prayer proscribed there is very similar to someone meditating. The object of meditation here of course is one’s relationship with God. There are other passages in the Bible that recommends practices that are very similar to meditation. Here are some of them:
“May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.” Psalm 104:34
“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
These are just some of the passages from the Bible that talks about meditation or something similar to it. This means that it is okay for a Christian to practice meditation.