Sometimes, I’m asked why we don’t have background music to our meditations. Eventually, we may have this as an option. However, silence is key!
Times of quiet give you space to connect with God. Other Christian meditations play beautiful music and read Scripture. These are valuable because there is a blessing in hearing God’s Word and the music is soothing and relaxing. However, the definition of meditations is that you ponder, chew on, and process the word until it becomes part of you. Sometimes, the background music and the constant speaking can hinder your conversation with God.
Silence is Golden!
The silence might be uncomfortable at first, but the purpose is so that you can spend time processing and pondering with God, focusing on Him and His Word. The guided prompts help you along the way, but are merely a framework for God’s Spirit to cooperate with you in the process of transformation. Therefore, silence is golden!
Meditation is not meant to be passive. It is something you can do to actively engage with God, with your mind, bringing “every thought captive” to the mind of Christ. You can pause the meditations if you need more quiet time to talk with God. Some people like more silence and some less. We’ve given you options to try different lengths of silence that will best help you connect with God.
Meditation, A Spiritual “Gym”
Meditation is a workout for your mind and spirit and isn’t meant to be passive. It is true that we can get easily distracted in the silence. However, we build up the focus “muscle” in our thinking process as we gently turn back to God as often as our thoughts wander. Don’t be discouraged! Every time you meditate, you are training your brain!
Why not take some time now to meditate and experience God in powerful ways?
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In our fast paced world, many of us have fallen into the trap of multitasking. In order to be “more efficient,” we find ourselves answering email, checking phones, and doing a variety of tasks at once. It might seem like we are getting more done. However, brain research demonstrates the negative impact of multitasking in our lives.
Professor Clifford Nass of Stanford University states that, “The neural circuits devoted to scanning, skimming, and multitasking are expanding and strengthening, while those used for reading and thinking deeply, with sustained concentration, are weakening or eroding.” This means the more we multitask, the less ability we have to focus. This impacts our ability to think deeply. What a trap of the enemy! He wants us so distracted we can’t hear from God.
“Improving our ability to multitask actually hampers our ability to think deeply and creatively. . . the more you multitask . . . the less deliberative you become; the less you’re able to think and reason out a problem,” says Jordan Grafman of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the USA.
Meditation, on the other hand, strengthens our ability to concentrate. It builds up those neural pathways designed for deep thinking and focus. The more we meditate, the easier it becomes to have a rich thought life. In addition, we can pay attention more readily. Even our comprehension improves. This is definitely a win-win!
Don’t wait! Begin strengthening those neural pathways today as you meditate on God’s Word.
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Do you experience chronic pain? The good news is that meditation can help! In a 10-week scientific study, the majority of patients reported a 33-50% reduction in their pain when they practiced mindful meditation (ref). A shorter, 3-day study also showed noticeable improvement (ref).
My personal testimony is that when I regularly meditate, the chronic pain I’ve experienced for 30+ years is reduced. In addition, I find I am calmer and sleep better as well. I also notice when I skip meditating for more than a day or two, symptoms return. It’s worth it to keep the daily routine!
God knows us intimately, body, soul and spirit. He created us and knows what is best for us. His Word is true that when we meditate on Him, we will prosper in all we do (Psalm 1:2,3).
Mediate on Me provides an easy way to do this! Included in each meditation is an opportunity for you to allow God’s healing power to touch you as you connect with Him. Focusing on God diverts your minds from dwelling on how you might be feeling. In addition, the deep breathing oxygenates your blood and gives you a feeling a well-being. All of these combine to contribute to a healthier body, soul and spirit!
It’s worth the time and effort each day to meditate! Make it a regular habit! Put it on your calendar as a recurring event and enjoy the benefits to your body, soul and spirit! www.MediateonMe.com
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