Thursday, February 16, 2012

10-Minute Meditation for Christians

Here's a simple practice of Christian meditation that can be done in 10 minutes. Or you can linger and allow a little more time. A short practice of meditation once or twice a day (at the beginning and end of the day) can focus our thoughts throughout the day and avoid the stress caused by cluttered minds which are unable to process things as they come.

-Find a comfortable place to sit, a place you won’t be interrupted.
-Sit up straight, alert, but comfortable.
-Breathe deeply, filling the stomach, then up into the chest. Release the breath from the chest first, then slowly allow the stomach to sink toward the back as you are emptied of all the air. Do this a few times then continue deep, slow, but natural breathing.
-Focus on any noise outside of you for several seconds. Once you acknowledge them, you’ll be able to forget about them.
-Focus on your breathing for a moment. Feel the breath flowing in and out. Feel it tickle under your nose.
-allow your focus to turn to Jesus, the Word, alive and active, who created all of life, and continues to sustain it—upholding all things by the Word of His power.
-Be still and know He is God.
-Take a verse or phrase from the Bible and ponder its meaning. 
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ~Philippians 4:13
-Allow thanksgiving to flow from you.

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