Christian meditation?

Question: Can a believer meditate and also teach it?

Answer: It all depends on what we define by "meditation".

Meditating means focusing your mental attention on a defined subject, with the purpose of learning something about yourself in terms of both your inner and physical being.

Many religions teach mediation as a form of spiritual research, including Hinduism and Buddhism. These religions teach all kinds of techniques which lead to “emptying oneself, opening one's chakras, and awakening the old snake.”

Such techniques can prove to be spiritually dangerous if they incorporate certain spiritual realities of the spirit world, which the Bible warns us against.

As Christians, we cannot open ourselves to the spirits of this world without putting our souls in danger. Emptying "in itself" is not an option for us. We have received the Spirit of God by giving Him our hearts. He dwells in us, and in Him we have everything we need to grow spiritually. Nothing good can come from Satan, who is the“father of lies” and the spirits or demons who serve him. They are the ones who keep humanity in ignorance of the salvation which can only be found in faith in Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. (Acts 4:12)

Meditations of the oriental type, based on these principles of emptiness and listening to oneself, however interesting they may be, must be taken with great caution and tested in the light of the biblical teachings and the conduct of the Christian.

On the other hand, it is important to take stock of your life. Regularly take a break and reflect on our walk with God outside the frantic rush of everyday life. Spend time listening to God. Read His word and pray. If this is what we call "meditating" then, yes, it is essential to put it into practice in our lives.

Just because Eastern religions teach a type of meditation that is not compatible with our faith, does not mean that we should reject all types of meditation!

All too often, we are prisoners of action, no longer taking the time necessary to seek the presence of Christ and receive from Him the “rhema” words indispensable for our lives. However, examples of this are not lacking in the Bible. All the great biblical figures are frequently shown spending time in communion with God: Abraham, Moses, Job, Elijah, David, Daniel, the apostles and Jesus himself.

In conclusion, do not let the benefits of true mediation be stolen from us. True meditation is a regular encounter outside the frenzy of everyday life with our creator, who wants to speak to us in the secret place of our lives. It's up to us to be vigilant and to create these spaces of time in our agendas!

Eric Dufour