“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
There are many benefits to meditation, far too many to discuss in this one post. But one of the biggest benefits is the impact it has on the soul. Meditation for the Christian should be centered upon God’s Word. This gives God an opportunity to imprint His Word in our soul. When I speak of the soul I am referring to the mind, will, and emotions. Here is how meditation affects all three.
Meditation quiets our mind. I’m told that our mind receives over 5,000 messages a day through some form of media, conversation, or stimulation. Literally our mind is racing to process the next message. Meditation gives your mind a break allowing it to focus on what’s important and listen to the message coming from within. God is ever speaking through His Word to our spirit. When He speaks it is usually in a still, small, peaceful voice. That voice cannot compete with the other 5,000 messages that scream at us every few seconds. Through meditation we learn to shut off those other message that intrude our mind and focus on the Message God is sending through His Word.
Meditation is also a part of the mind renewal process. Through it we can literally communicate with our subconscious mind and teach it to release the old way of thinking and accept God’s way. We will discuss that more in future posts.
Mediation helps us yield our will. There are some things in the Word that just goes against our will. As we meditate and let God speak to us, we are more willing to say, “Not my will Lord, but yours will be done.” For example, during the time of this post, I heard God tell me to give away a certain amount of money. I am preparing to go on a vacation to see my son in Florida so I really wasn’t trying to hear that. After wrestling with His nudge I decided to just get quiet before God and meditate on His promises in the Word concerning giving. Now I can freely say, not my will Lord….
Meditation calms and anchors our emotions. Emotions are important. They affect the way we see things, they influence our behavior, and they modulate the hearts signals that attract things to us. It’s vitally important that we keep them regulated. Meditation helps us do that in several ways.
- First, meditation helps us embrace emotions. When we get quiet and tune in, we learn to accept the way we feel. No emotion is bad or incorrect; it just needs to be processed correctly. Meditation helps us do that by analyzing why we feel the way we feel.
- Second, meditation helps us move past negative emotions. After we accept and analyze the negative emotion, meditation helps us move forward. This occurs by taking control of the thoughts that fuel negative emotions.
- Finally, meditation can move our emotional anchor. Everyone has what I call an emotional anchor. That is the place that they emotional state rest. It is seated in their perception and is influenced by their personality. It is their basic outlook on life.
For example, a pessimistic person’s emotional state tend to be anchored on negative emotions. Because of their negative outlook they will experience frustration, anger, apathy, and depression more than an optimist. An optimistic person will undoubtedly be anchored on the positive end of the emotional spectrum. Here is the thing; no matter what they experience their emotions usually don’t stray far from their anchor. Even if they do, they are quick to return back to their normal state. Through the process of meditation we can move our emotional anchor from negative feelings to a consistent flow of positive emotions
In my next post we will talk about some meditation techniques and tools that you can use to enhance your meditation time.