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By dictionary definition, "meditation" means to reflect upon, ponder, or contemplate. It can also denote a devotional exercise of contemplation or a contemplative discourse of a religious or philosophical nature. The word meditate comes from the Latin meditari, which means to think about or consider. Med is the root of this word and means "to take appropriate measures." In our culture, to meditate can be interpreted several ways. For instance, you might meditate on or consider a course of action regarding your child's education, or a career change that would entail a move across the country. Viewing a powerful movie or play, you may be moved to meditate upon—or ponder—the moral issues plaguing today's society.

Audio-Guided Meditations

Yah-Weh Meditation

“Yah-Weh Meditation” from The Meditation Experience II by Rabbi David A. Cooper.

“The Three Minute Breathing Space” Meditation

A breathing meditation led by Mark Williams – Danny Penman

All is Well Affirmation

A short affirmation meditation by Joseph Stingley

By turning off the ordinary flow of thoughts, meditation alters the way we see ourselves and the world. It’s a time dedicated to God’s presence within us.

Joseph’s Top 5 Reasons for Meditation

  • Meditation is one of the most effective ways in bringing inner peace, loss of self-judgement, and acceptance to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  • Meditation promote a sense of well-being, boost the immune system, improves brain function, the ability to learn, and slows aging.
  • Meditation helps to visualize God’s dreams for us, consciously planting a mental picture.
  • Meditation helps to identify and let go of stress-inducing habits, depression, and anxiety.
  • Meditation allows us to find peace in every moment, resting in God.

Written Meditations

A Simple Meditation

 

Find a comfortable seated position.

Sit, feeling as if you are sitting with a sense of dignity and ease.

Bring your awareness to your posture.

Be comfortable and relax.

Take a few deep breaths and feel the body let go on the exhale.

Find your breath.

Create this type of breath, allowing the abdomen to rise and fall with the breath.

Bring your awareness to the feel of the breath in your nostrils. 

Follow the breath as it moves in and out of your nostrils.

Allow the breath to become effortless and if able, breath in for 4 heartbeats and out for 4 heartbeats.

Find your focus.

Come up with a object of focus, intention, or affirmation, which is totally up to you. It could be an image, a word, a scripture, or a mantra.

An example could be as simple as “All is well,” saying this either out loud or in your mind.

Letting go.

Allow the thoughts to come and go in your mind.

Don’t judge or criticize your mind for being active. It’s doing what the mind does.

Return to your object of focus when the mind becomes distracted.

Continue this for 3-12 minutes.

Do this meditations as often as you desire throughout your day. It will change your life!

 

A Biblical Meditation

 

Find a Scripture, phrase, or word.

Choose scripture, phrase, or word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. Set your timer anywhere from 5 to 21 minutes.

Find a comfortable seated position.

Sitting comfortable, with eyes closed or open, silently introduce the scripture, phrase, or word.

Stay present and focus.

When you become aware of thoughts, gently return to the scripture, phrase, or word.

Closing the Biblical Meditation.

At the end of your biblical meditation period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

Do this biblical meditations as often as you desire throughout the day. It will change your life!

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