Of the several streams of thought on meditation I’ll address two modes which I feel are most applicable to everyday Christians. One mode is reflective meditation. That form includes God in the routine of daily living. A second mode is enfolding meditation. It is a time set apart to focus only on God and involves Him in a much more transcendent way. I’ll look at reflective meditation in this article and enfolding meditation in the next article.
Any activity in your daily life can be dedicated to God. During that activity, God can be continuously brought into your thoughts. One simple way to do this is to maintain a running conversation with Him during the activity — as though you were talking with a friend.
Read John 15:9-15
Here are some examples of things that might be in such a conversation —
- “There, God. How was that?”
- “Father, I can do that a bit better. Let me do that again for you.”
- “How would you do this, Jesus? Would you do it this way or that way? Hmm?”
Most likely you would say these things in your mind, but speaking them aloud is okay if the situation allows. Of course other bits of conversation are probably better — whatever fits the situation. Actually, almost anything that would fit into a normal conversation with a human being is okay. In fact the conversation should be about as “normal” as you can make it. While an audible, vocal response from God is possible, it isn’t common and certainly not necessary. The point to this type of meditation is to build a familiar relationship with the Creator of the Universe through a friendly, running, prayerful, meditative time.
There are no time limits on such meditation. It can be as short as a minute or as long as several hours.
Also there are no limits on how many such meditations you do. It’s entirely up to you. It is possible (and I think preferable) to include God in this way in everything you do all day long.
I have known creative people (song writers, wood workers, and others) who claim they are not personally capable of doing some of their best work. Each of them has said they felt as though they were being helped. Perhaps they were helped by the Holy Spirit through reflective meditation.
I would love to hear about your experiences in this area.
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