“… I remember thee upon my bed and meditate on thee in the night watches.” – Psalm 63:6
Rarely do people associate meditation with Christianity. Often, when people think of meditation, they think of the Eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. Nevertheless, many scriptures in the Bible speak of meditation in a positive light. Meditation helps us clear our minds so that we can truly enter into the stillness and the silence. In meditation we are focusing on God and the good. Meditation is something that anyone can do anytime and anywhere. All we have to do is center ourselves, take the focus off of the external and go inside to that place of love, joy and peace.
Various people do different things to create an environment that is conducive to meditation. It can be just as simple as breathing and listening to ocean music or as painting a room in our homes with calming colors and designating it as “The Meditation Room.”
Nevertheless, meditation quiets our souls. Meditation quiets our minds, our emotions, our intellect and our will and causes us to totally relax and let the Spirit of God flow through us and as us in this universe.
Instead of using the word, meditation, many people in secular arenas such as business and education are calling it mindfulness. Teachers and students are doing mindfulness exercises at the start of class and before stressful activities such as tests. It has proven to empower students to be better behaved and more focused on learning. Through mindfulness businesses have found employees to be more productive. For more information about meditation, read Joshua 1:1-9.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.