Meditation is deep thought. When the business of life is at hand, we need a space to undress the burdens from our plight. In this space, we get ourselves together and refill our empty tanks. In a world that is filled with toxic noise, there is need for a place that offers us the grace of a quiet spirit.
There are many different ideas of meditation. Some view meditation as the achievement of a clear and peaceful mind, others say meditation is mindfulness and mindfulness is the ability to be present in the here and now. I do believe that meditation can help you achieve a clear mind and I also believe in mindfulness. Yet these do no sufficiently examine the term in its fullness.Consider the great king of long ago, David the man of Psalms. He stated:
When I remember thee upon my bed, [and] meditate on thee in the [night] watches.
The most important part of David’s meditation is the object of his meditation. For David, His meditation was on the Lord.
Consider also Psalms 119 :97, when the writer states;
“Oh how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”
Here the writer also focuses on something specific. As a people of the Living God, our meditation will only make sense when we ponder on His marvelous work. When we reflect on His greatness, we find ourselves. When we experience God’s grace, we find peace in His love.
Filling Our Mind With God’s Power
The process of meditation is not so much about emptying our minds, but it is about filling our minds with the knowledge of the Power of God. When we fast from all distractions, and look beyond the fog of sin, we get to see into the eternal space. Whenever we look into the eternal space, we see our very face. If we have been made in the image of God, then as we see God, we see ourselves. Through the sessions of meditation, our aim is to find God, and in return to find peace.
It’s not so much a momental act, but meditation should be an incessant activity. We should constantly steer into heaven and reflect on the wonders we see. Sometimes we have to dissect our thoughts and steer them in the right direction. We do this in the act of meditation. When we meditate, we ponder upon life and we filter out death.
God has given us the divine activity of meditation to benefit us in our general day. Meditation is to the spirit as food is to the natural body. Food add supplement as much as meditation empowers the spirit to go on.
We must go on and so we must meditate. I want to share with you 7 benefits of meditation and why you should implement them in your life.
- Meditation Is Burden Lifting
As we Meditate, we get the opportunity to recognize with our godly existence and in turn to act like the god that we are. We are god because we are God’s, and this is our identity. This identity frees us from all the burdens we often travel with. Jesus the Messiah, in His own words said,
“Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? -John 10:34”
We act like the person we think we are. The Bible clearly states, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” As we ponder upon God’s greatness and identify with His light, we shed the burdens that weigh us down.
The burden that we travel with are often a result of a lack of knowledge on our part. We cannot see the situation for what it really is.
A few years ago I was sitting outside and I saw a lizard on the wall looking at me. Usually as a grown man, I would run from this lizard. On this occasion I sat there and smiled for a bit, saying to myself “look at this little thing that I am afraid of.” As I smiled the lizard ran away and I realized the lizard was afraid of me.
For many years I was afraid of a lizard that was afraid of me. Think about how much we magnify some small stuff to become huge problems. Often we create our own problems, with our own ingenuity. It is through deep reflection and through a divine understanding that we finally learn to let go of our burdens. The way to get this done is through the discipline of meditation.
2. Meditation Cultivates A Mind Of Love:
God is Love, and Love never fails.
When we meditate, we separate ourselves from all negative energy and we embrace the light of love. To meditate is to keep our minds focused in the direction of love day and night. At the beginning of the Psalms (1:2) it says : ” But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Here the bible is talking about the man who does not walk like the sinner does. He thinks on the law of love day and night. What a man thinks about all day long he will eventually become. If a man reflects on God all day long, then inevitably we become who we really are, gods. God is love and so as we are transformed into God’s image, it is that we are transformed into love.
3. Meditation Reduces Stress
It is scientifically proven that when we meditate, we reduce stress and anxiety. Anxiety and stress are a result of worry. Worry is a result of ignorance. When we do not know, we worry. When we meditate, we acquire a sense of perspective. Sometimes in my own life, I am discombobulated by the fear and the uncertainty that prevail. When I delve into the Word of life, and as I begin to grasp the beautiful gospel our God, I find power in the space of fear and soundness in the place of worry.
Stress is so taxing on the body that we should ignore it at all cost. Stress not only cripples our motivation for living, but it also takes the joy out of living. Stress causes fatigue, headaches, chess pain, sleeplessness and the long list continues. Imagine a life without all these negative energies. A life of divine meditation offers us this privilege and it is very important for us to meditate.
4. Meditation Helps You Get More Sleep
When the mind is bombarded with fear and cynicism then we cannot truly rest. How can we rest when the mind is stressed? Through meditation we begin to rest in our minds, and inevitably our bodies will follow. I often drench my pillow with tears but I have learned I should fill it with rest. I find rest in the thought that it is well.
Sometimes it is hard to quiet the thoughts that steal our rest. It is through acceptance, resulting from meditation that we can truly find rest. It is often the little things that we magnify into big problems. When we look at the bigger picture and see that God is right there for us, we can find peace. Peace is rest. As you go, consider the greatness of our God and find rest!
5. Mediation Helps In Controlling Anger
Anger is a result of a lack of understanding. Think about the times you have been angry. Consider also, how different things would have been, if you stopped and thought properly about the situation. When we get angry, we often do things that we are not proud of. The next time anger knocks at your door, take a few seconds, and consider why you are angry. Also consider how bad this anger makes you feel. Anger will steal your joy faster than any other thing will do.
Anger will also cause our physical health to greatly deteriorate.
According to the Miriam dictionary, anger can be defined as a strong feeling of annoyance. This annoyance, when not dealt with properly, will start to breed feeling of hate and hurt. This feeling is a result of how we view the situations we experience. What if we should step back and look at our problems with divine eyes.
What if we look with faith at the mountain of anger and say, “Be Moved.”This requires deep thought and a disciplined demeanor. We have to recognize that the hardest times are not meant to break us, but they are designed to make us better. As we meditate, we learn to adapt a docile spirit in the place of anger.
6.Improved Concentration Is The Result Of Meditation.
The greatest battles are fought in the mind. The mind is like a garden where weed and good seeds exist together. We must remove the weed in order to preserve our crop. Consider the weed as those toxic thoughts that weigh us down. Thoughts that cause unrest, will prevent us from concentrating upon life over death. It is through meditation that we can steer our thoughts in a desired direction.
In the end, it is all about how much we are able to control what is going on in our thought life. Almost everything about us is controlled from the mind. The mind is like a computer program that controls our very existence. I implore you to think about what you are thinking, and think right.
Often the noise of our daily experience will challenge us to find time to meditate. We should allot a time for this just as how we go to work. Our metal health is so important in our modern day. Every where I go I hear about the issue of mental health. I see people doing some really weird and evil stuff because they do not think right. Imagine if we deliberately take some time each day to undress the toxicity that that we have taken in. Consider how more healthy our minds would be if we take time each day to take care of it.
For me, I use the time I drive to and from work to straighten my perspective. It is my most special time, because in this time, I look through the vivid walls of heaven. This is the time when I download what God is saying. I also solve many problems in time.
7. Meditation Enhances Self Awareness
Self awareness is when we have attained a higher knowledge of who we are. Self identity is the greatest form of freedom. A person who knows who they are will know that there are very few things outside human reach. To be self aware is to know that we have what it takes to be the best version of ourselves. It will give us the true idea of self, not the corrupted version, but the self that God made in the beginning. When we meditate, all this become possible.
Think about all the labels that have been put on us. We use the standards set by our surrounding to determine how we view beauty, self and truth. We should consider these labels, and not wear them. We should wear the label of God, that says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. It is only when we delve into deep thought, that we can finally achieve a divine level of self awareness, that offers us freedom.
It is so important that we realize how important it is for us to meditate. The act of meditation is not something we do in a moment, but meditation is an incessant activity. We must focus on life and this is only done through meditation. I hope that as you meditate, that your life will become better and that you will inevitably be transformed into the measure and the stature of the fullness of Christ.