When one thinks about meditation, there is a good chance that someone seated in a solitary room is pictured. Their elbows may be on their knees, eyes closed, while chanting a mantra. It is seen as a practice that is passive and powerless because one is doing nothing.
The truth about meditation is that it is the exact opposite. Medication is a deliberate process to ponder, consider, and reflect upon the heart and mind. This process is one way to continue thinking about God and higher things even during the chaos of the average day.
5 Paths to Finding God Through Meditation
Paul outlines the proper path of meditation with his words to the Church in Philippi in Chapter 4 of the Book of Philippians in Scripture.
“Finally, brothers and sisters,” he writes, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”
These are not personal attributes Paul is asking the church to meditate upon. These are the attributes of God.
Truth: Jesus embodies truth in the Scripture. He was unafraid to disobey conventional norms when they fell outside of the Father’s expectations. Every opportunity presented was a teachable moment. Contemplating these truths helps us find the narrow path where we’re called to walk.
Noble: People make mistakes. What happens next is what defines the person. Do you learn from what happened? Or do you allow the error to repeat? Allow your thoughts to direct toward what God has written and instructed instead of what the distractions of the world offer.
Pure: We are encouraged to use meditation as a way to guard our thoughts. Every person has different triggers which they must defend against. By keeping our thoughts to what we know is pure, it is easier to avoid temptation. That makes it easier to allow our time spent in meditation to contemplate these elements.
Admirable: Because people make mistakes, it is easy to seek out the negative elements of their interactions with you. If you are hurt, dwelling on their offenses feels good because it creates a righteous anger. What we’re asked to do is to let go of that anger. We are encouraged to pray for those that try to provoke us. Instead of being critical, we must seek common ground. Meditation helps to make this possible.
Praiseworthy: When was the last time you reflected on the goodness of creation? Even the smallest molecules, atoms, and cells have an intricate structure to them which creates a universal harmony. Pointing your mind to this artistry is yet another way that opens up the possibility of finding God.
Meditation is a purposeful time of reflection. You can do this while reading Scripture, admiring nature, or even during a heated political debate. Our lives must be a reflection of our beliefs. If they are not, taking time to meditate may help to restore what is missing.