As a Christian woman, the word “meditate” is completely different then the traditional belief of what meditation is. Does that make sense? So I am on day 4 and the working definition of meditation is “Stillness”. It is defined as the “stilling of the physical/conscious mind to all external stimuli…A steady effort of the mind to know and hear the voice of God from within the being… The act of not doing…”
Hear the voice of God from within the being… The act of not doing…”
In her book, Iyanla Vanzant repeatedly used the phrase “Be Still and Know.” This takes me to the story when Jesus and the disciples were on the boat, and the storm was ragging and Jesus was resting in the midst of it. The disciples were frantic, waking Jesus up and asking him what He was going to do. In frustration, Jesus simply said: “Peace Be Still!!!”He then goes on the ask them, why they were scared, and where was their faith?
When quiet you mind to all the things around you and quiet your own fears, the power will become activated. Jesus was on the boat, the Power was with them and they did not realize it because they did not allow themselves to be still as Jesus was.
How often do we ask God for everything, but we don’t stop to listen or to be still? The act of being still and getting quiet becomes more of a challenge in our hectic world. The world asks us to be busy. God asks us to be still so that we can receive love, peace and guidance.
Along with busyness comes the fearful and anxious thoughts we hold onto. It’s been stated that we have upwards of 50,000 thoughts a day. We must learn to tell our fearful and anxious thoughts to shut up, just as Jesus calmed the sea.
Quieting the mind, shutting up the mind requires practice. One powerful way to shut up thoughts that don’t serve us is by practicing meditation.
For whatever reason, meditation has not been a mainstay of traditional Christian, religious organizations. Prayer and Bible reading are encouraged as well as the occasional mention of contemplative prayer, but not so much meditation. Jesus, John the Baptist and others went off to meditate and to take themselves away from the hectic world.
Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Meditation helps to renew the mind, to be still, to let go and surrender, to shut up the thoughts that do not serve us.
I am intimidated by silence. Silence can cause me to address issues that I might be running from. It’s easy to fill each day with busyness and then block out concerns through Internet surfing and social media. None of these activities are bad. However, if they are used to fill a void that is not being filled, over time, the toll will manifest itself in lost opportunities and lost dreams never being fulfilled.
The next time you have fearful and anxious thoughts that are raging within you like a violent storm, do as Jesus did. Silence those thoughts by saying, “Peace, be still.” When you need strength and help, let go and rest in God, your refuge. “Be still and know that I am God.”