I remember when I first started practicing yoga. I was in college and had heard from several friends that the Vinyasa class on Thursdays was the best. I had never been to a group exercise class before and was a little intimidated by the thought of doing yoga around a bunch of strangers.
What if they think I’m terrible at it? I’m so not flexible, is the instructor going to make us do crazy poses? What the heck is downward dog?
I was nervous. But I went to the store, bought a pair of yoga pants, and trekked my way up a snowy hill to the student center. I literally gulped when I walked in and thought, “this is nuts, what was I thinking?”
But I stayed and actually enjoyed the class. Granted, I did try to do a very intermediate side plank and failed miserably. It was a fun learning experience none-the-less.
While I was in the class, I was introduced to meditation. This thing called “meditation” was always a no-no in the world I grew up in – we only pray to God, meditation is bad, and you should never mingle with those that meditate.
But wait a second. Let’s look at the definition of “meditation”, shall we?
The Definition of Meditation
I’m all about defining words and concepts before using or making judgments about anything. And so I looked it up and this is what I found:
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “meditation” as:
to engage in contemplation or reflection
OR!! It is defined as:
to focus one’s thoughts on
And so, when you think about meditation, essentially, the act of prayer is just that. We meditate or contemplate or focus on God and all that He has done for us, giving him thanks and reflecting on all of our blessings.
To me, it was an “ah-ha” moment. This form of exercise, yoga, could essentially be applied to my Christian practices in prayer and service to God. And so that is exactly what I started to do. When meditation was offered in a yoga class, I took that time to reflect on my blessings, to pray to God and to thank Him for my family, my friends, what He has done for me in my life. It was my way of crafting my own yoga and meditation practice, it changed my perspective dramatically.
Yoga took on a new journey for me. And I think it can do the same for you.
Meditating on God’s Word
The next time that you read God’s Word, aka the Bible, I invite you to meditate on the scripture. Reflect and contemplate (as the dictionary defines it) on how God has instilled this message into your life. Focus on what God is saying to you. And, in essence, when you do this, you are meditating on His word.
Now it’s your turn! Practice meditating on God’s Word this week. Each day of the week, for 10 to 15 minutes a day, take a passage from below and read it. Read it 4 or 5 times, really soak it in. And then sit quietly to reflect and contemplate on God’s Word and how He is speaking into your life.
After you meditate, reflect even more and write in a journal about what you learned in that brief time of meditation. Capture your focused thoughts and ponder on how you plan to move forward with meditating on God’s Word.
Monday: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Tuesday: James 1:16-18
Wednesday: Deuteronomy 4:39-40
Thursday: Matthew 18:12-14
Friday: Job 42:1-3
Saturday: Hebrews 4:14-16
Sunday: Isaiah 43:11-13