What is Christian Meditation?
When we consider the story of Mary and Martha, we find Martha asking Jesus to tell Mary to come and help her with the many chores that needed to be done. And Jesus’ response was,” Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” And what was Mary doing? She was sitting at the feet of Jesus paying attention to Him.
Jesus tells us, “Neither will they say, 'Look, here!' or, 'Look, there!' for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you." Christian meditation is the practice of resting in the Kingdom of God in stillness and silence; placing our attention in the center of our being—the heart area. Most of the time, our attention is placed on what we are thinking about. We have spent our lives paying attention to what is going on in our minds. Unfortunately, our minds like to focus on the past or the future. Rarely are we centered on what is happening in the present moment. We also fill up our time attending to our many things to do.
Meditation supports our need be centered and to just rest in the presence of God without an agenda. You can look at it as the other side of prayer. When we pray, we are talking to God. When we meditate, we are being available to God. We know it would be difficult to have a loving and meaningful relationship with anyone if we just did all the talking all the time. Meditation establishes the two-way interaction for a deeper and richer relationship with our Lord.