We inhabit physical bodies, but we are spiritual beings living spiritual lives. Meditation helps us to get in touch with the spiritual elements.
Whatever happens to occupy our thoughts or drive our actions at any given moment is not the all in all. Meditation reminds us that there’s more to life than what meets the eye.
Meditation helps us get our priorities right. Distancing ourselves from our day-to-day activities, even if only for a few minutes, gives us a fresh perspective on them.
Meditation has physical benefits, especially for the nervous system. Stress and tension negatively impact our health in various ways—raising blood pressure or accelerating the aging process, for example. It stands to reason, then, that relieving stress would pay off in better health, and it does. Resting the mind has a profound effect on brain activity, which results in a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure, and a reduction in stress hormones—and the nervous system gets temporary relief. If meditation is practiced regularly, these beneficial changes become relatively permanent.
Giving Jesus our focused, undivided attention strengthens our relationship with Him. Just as we each need some time alone with those dearest to us, He wants time alone with us.
When we draw closer to Jesus through meditation, He takes our minds off our problems and concerns for a time and empties us of our own thoughts about them. Later, when we must face those problems again, He is more easily able to give us His mind on the matter—solutions we hadn’t been able to find on our own.
What Is Meditation?
By simple definition, meditation is continued or extended contemplation, especially of a spiritual or devotional nature. In practical terms, meditation involves concentrating on a single thought or mental image to the exclusion of all others.
Meditation is practiced in various forms the world over. It’s a cornerstone of New Age religions, but meditation of one style or another can also be found in most of the major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. The following articles focus on meditating on Jesus while praying, which can perhaps be more aptly termed “meditative prayer.”
Jesus is the ultimate spiritual guide and teacher. When you meditate on Him, His light and love envelop you. Meditating on Jesus and His Word is the ultimate high‚ the greatest transfer of spiritual energy that there is. Better still, it can help transform you into the type of spiritual being you were meant to be, because each time you make that connection, you partake of His divine nature and become more like Him.
Words to Meditate On
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the Word became flesh [Jesus] and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.—John 1:1–4,14
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”—Jesus, John 8:12
“If you abide in My Word … you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”—Jesus, John 8:31–32
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.—2 Peter 1:4 KJV
We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.—2 Corinthians 3:18