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Meditation question.

Discussion in 'Deeper Fellowship' started by W2L, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. W2L

    W2L Well-Known Member

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    Do you meditate? If so how do you meditate? How does it help you? I like to meditate on peace. Inside i have battles raging and i find that closing my eyes and meditating on peace is helpful. I find refuge in this. This is a huge part of my faith lately.
     
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  2. David Kent

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    I guess we should immeditate on the Word of God.
     
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  3. W2L

    W2L Well-Known Member

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    i agree. In the Psalms we see meditation on Gods creation, His works, and His law.
     
  4. “Paisios”

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    I pray the Jesus Prayer, and have found comfort and peace in it.
     
  5. W2L

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    Thank you for sharing that.
     
  6. W2L

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    Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [a]lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

    Psalms 119:148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
    that I may meditate on your promises.

    Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
    Whose mind is stayed on You,
    Because he trusts in You.

    Psalms 1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
    or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
    2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
    3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
    and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

    Proverbs 4:20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
    turn your ear to my words.
    21 Do not let them out of your sight,
    keep them within your heart;
    22 for they are life to those who find them
    and health to one’s whole body

    Psalms 77:10-12 New International Version (NIV)
    10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
    the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
    11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
    12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

    Psalms 119:97 Oh, how I love your law!
    I meditate on it all day long.
    98 Your commands are always with me
    and make me wiser than my enemies.
    99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
    for I meditate on your statutes.

    Psalms 143:5 I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.

    Psalms 104:34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
    As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.
     
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  7. musicalpilgrim

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    This has set me thinking...
    How do I meditate? I read the Psalms and think on them, use them to pray ..Psalm 86:11
    Teach me your way O Lord
    That I may walk in your truth;
    Give me an undivided heart, that I may honour you.
    Then I would think of harmony, all my pieces, needs, identity and pray to be made whole, an undivided heart.
    I am always thinking of the Lord and his Word...
     
  8. Akita Suggagaki

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    I have been meditation/contemplating since 1975. usually I just sit in silence and let my thoughts become thin. It is then that my heart seems to silently yearn for God.
     
  9. W2L

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    Thank you both.
     
  10. David Kent

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    That is not meditating in a scriptural way but in an Hindu way.
     
  11. W2L

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    Why is it Hindu? Couldn't someone yearn for God when they empty their mind? Is that really something bad?
     
  12. David Kent

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    How can you yearn for God with an emptyy mind? The Hinu's empty their mind so ouside forces can enter.
     
  13. David Kent

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    New age as well.
     
  14. W2L

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    Oh, i see. Thank you. I have experienced much stress, anxiety, depression, and fear over many years. So much that it left my mind in a terrible state. Sometimes, not always, i can close my eyes and think of God and i feel joy and peace. I like to think that is God. I do however know that its Gods gift to me, its not something i get from emptying my mind. God knows i need it so He gives it, and its His promise. In my opinion.
     
  15. W2L

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    Psalms 104:34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
    As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.
     
  16. Akita Suggagaki

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    Contemplation is Christian as well as Hindu.
     
  17. Mollie1

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    I love what you have written.

    I also do not believe we should empty our minds when we meditate but we should should think about God and His Word.

    I love the following verses

    Psalm 1 says
    2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

    and

    Philippians 4:8 says
    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
     
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  18. Akita Suggagaki

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    That is a misunderstanding. Have you not read St John of the Cross? There is an inner purgation that reduces distractions. The emptiness is actually availability to God, attentiveness. It is a peaceful stillness that is not a void but a heightened state of prayer without words...inner or outer.
     
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    Simply because the Hindus or New Age believers do something does not mean they have the rights to it. Muslims pray, does my praying to God make me a Muslim? Buddhists chant, are Christian chants Buddhist? No, they are not.

    Attempting to quiet the mind is a basic meditation technique, it can be found in Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and other traditions. The difference is the why on the attempt to quiet the mind.
     
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