Meditation and Your Faith in Christ
Meditation and the Christian Faith: As you make your faith journey, you can use meditation to bring you deeper into your relationship with Christ.
As much as I miss being a child with a simple faith, I know God gave us brilliant, wonderful minds. It’s a gift. Throughout the journey of our faith, we will experience ebbs and flows. I’ve been struggling a bit with my Christian walk. My vision is sometimes clouded by politics, hypocrisy, and confusion. Despite the occasional struggles, I’m thankful that I have been given the ability to think and reason so that I may seek the truth.
Over the past two years, I have been meditating and exploring different types of meditation. I’ve been being more independent with that, straying from traditional meditation, and incorporating visualization. In addition to visualization, I practice loving-kindness meditation, body scans, and breathwork.
Today in my visualization I talked to my friend, that I created, about Jesus. I am going to talk about that and how it is helping me to use meditation to strengthen my Christian faith.
She said Jesus was a gift to you. It’s okay for you to visit me here and we can talk about Jesus. God gave you a beautiful mind and using it for this purpose will only bring you closer to God, not further away. Then I asked her where to start. She said to let go of the chaos. We’ll walk this path together and she gave me a chapter to start with. She led me to Matthew Chapter 3. After my visual imagery, I did a body scan and a loving-kindness meditation for my husband, two daughters, and two sons. With that insight, I allowed myself to be open to the teachings of Jesus and the peace that comes when I surrender to His will.
Developing your Christian faith can be helped by meditation.
I then opened my Bible and started reading Matthew Chapter 3. This was the passage where John the Baptist was preparing the way for Jesus. I honestly cried the entire time reading it. God sometimes shows you signs in unexpected ways. My meditation has provided me with peace, but I struggle with following my faith due to conflict.
My attention was drawn to this verse in particular, so I thought I would share it with you.
8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
Okay, here is my strange interpretation. This told me it was okay for me to meditate. If God could raise up children from stones, maybe I could be a stone he is raising up for Abraham. It is therefore necessary for me to produce fruit.
Live a life of kindness, give to others, and produce fruit.
Producing fruit is difficult. I am certainly not some horrid, horrible person. We are called to do more than that though. I don’t like it sometimes. I think I have pushed my faith away on more than one occasion because “I don’t want to”. The same with my healthy diet and exercise. It is what is best for us. It is how we are designed to have a healthy and happy life. Live a life of kindness, give to others, and produce fruit.
Kindness is a key part of producing fruit. We should treat others how we want to be treated. We should be patient and understanding with people. We should be giving and generous with our time and resources. We should be compassionate and forgiving. We should love one another as we love ourselves.
You can strengthen your Christian faith through meditation.
So today, my message to my fellow meditators is that it is okay to use breathwork, visualization, body scans, and loving-kindness meditation to bring you closer to Christ. By using it in this way, you will become closer to your faith, not further away. As you make your faith journey, it is okay to allow yourself to explore the power of these techniques to bring you deeper into your relationship with Christ.