Visions of a Meditating Jesus

Meditation is not as foreign to Christianity as many think. Meditation is mentioned frequently in the book of Psalms for instance, though notably the focus of the psalmists is much more on the who than the how of it, as is typical of Jewish and Christian practice. What follows is a sizeable collection of imagesContinue reading “Visions of a Meditating Jesus”

Christian Meditation – James Finley

Meditation is not always easy, but getting started is quite simple. In his book Christian Meditation, James Finley lays out some basic guidelines: “The guidelines for meditation practice that I suggest are, with respect to the body, to sit still, to sit straight, to close your eyes or lower them toward the ground, to breathe slowly andContinue reading “Christian Meditation – James Finley”

Cultivating Visions through Biblical Meditations

The following extract comes from, “Cultivating Visions through Exegetical Meditations” by Dan Merkur, an article from “With Letters of Light: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early Jewish Apocalypticism, Magic, and Mysticism” by Daphna V. Arbel and Andrei A. Orlov (Eds.) What I found fascinating in this article is Merkur’s suggestion of direct correlations between the letters toContinue reading “Cultivating Visions through Biblical Meditations”

Does meditation need to be complex?

Francis of Assisi once said, “It is good to read the testimonies of Scripture; it is good to seek the Lord our God in them. As for me, however, I have already made so much of Scripture my own that I have more than enough to meditate on and turn over in my mind. I needContinue reading “Does meditation need to be complex?”

Nothing and Everything

“Eastern meditation emphasizes abandonment. Such meditation has total relinquishment as its aim. To the Asian mystics the highest stage of enlightenment is complete self-emptying. For Christians, however, emptying isn’t the end of the story; it’s just the beginning. Jesus emptied himself so he could be filled to overflowing.” Deep-Rooted in Christ: The Way of TransformationContinue reading “Nothing and Everything”

Revelation and Meditation

I was meditating this afternoon when it struck me that I should say something about the relationship between revelation and meditation, particularly from a Christ-centred perspective. Many forms of meditation, such as Zen and Yoga, focus on immediate experience. I have no problem with this, so far as it goes, yet I think its worthContinue reading “Revelation and Meditation”

Meditation in the Scriptures

Do you realise there is more in the scriptures about meditation than there is about speaking in tongues? The Psalms contain many explicit references to meditation. More implicitly, both the Old Testament and New Testament affirm the practice of reflecting and remembering God’s word and works, of being mindful and searching our hearts, of seekingContinue reading “Meditation in the Scriptures”

Christian Meditation and Self Exploration

While I was on holidays I had opportunity to reflect on my meditation practice and where I’d been experiencing difficulties. In particular, I’ve been experiencing some double mindedness over the use of non-Christian relaxation techniques on the one hand, and the whole issue of self exploration on the other. Firstly, regarding non-Christian relaxation techniques, I’veContinue reading “Christian Meditation and Self Exploration”

Meditation, Anabaptist style

I have been thinking about meditation and prayer today, particularly in terms of how different understandings of Christianity can lead to different approaches to meditation. You may recall my recent comments on the differences between Dispensational, Covenant and Christocentric theology? Well, how might that feed into a discussion on meditation and prayer? I would likeContinue reading “Meditation, Anabaptist style”