Teaching Beginners to Attune with God through Christian Meditation Techniques
Practice the techniques on Christian meditation and find out the results.
As a beginner, you might get overwhelmed with the number of Christian meditation techniques available. Of course, you would want to choose the best way to meditate. There are two techniques that are commonly used by beginner meditators in the Christian community.
Technique 1: Meditation with a sacred word
With the rediscovery of the power of prayer under the meditative state, Christians have learned to adapt to the tradition of contemplation it has long avoided.
Many Christian meditators and meditation groups follow a sequence as instructed by John Main. Main’s inspiration to meditate has come from the universal wisdom. This recognition has motivated him to teach meditation as a mode of prayer based on the Christian gospels and numinous tradition.
- Sit upright.
- Lightly close your eyes.
- Internally, recite a single word—a prayer word or mantra. The mantra Maranatha, an ancient Christian word that means, “Come, Lord Jesus” is recommended. Utter the word in four equal syllables: Ma-ra-na-tha.
- Breathe normally and focus on the mantra as you vocally express the word softly, devotedly, silently, and simply. Simplicity is the essence of meditation.
- Do not visualize, rather, listen to the mantra intently. Free your mind from all other things, memories, words, or images. Focus on the mantra. If you catch your thoughts wandering away, steer back your attention toward the mantra you are silently reciting. Do this for twenty to thirty minutes.
This type of meditation is properly done by reciting the opening and closing prayer adopted by a number of Christian meditation groups.
Opening prayer by John Main
Heavenly Father, open our hearts to the silent presence of the spirit of your Son. Lead us into that mysterious silence where your love is revealed to all who call, Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus.)
Closing Prayer by Laurence Freeman
May this group be a true spiritual home for the seeker, a friend for the lonely, a guide for the confused. May those who pray here be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to serve all who come, and to receive them as Christ Himself. In the silence of this room may all the suffering, violence, and confusion of the world encounter the power that will console, renew, and uplift the human spirit.
May this silence be a power to open the hearts of men and women to the vision of God, and so to each other, in love and peace, justice and human dignity. May the beauty of the divine life, fill this group and the hearts of all who pray here, with joyful hope. May all who come here weighed down by the problems of humanity leave giving thanks for the wonder of human life. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Meditate twice daily. Allot a twenty to thirty-minute schedule of meditation when you wake up and before you go to sleep. It may take time to develop this discipline. But with personal commitment and with the help of a meditation community, you will soon learn that a day without an attunement with God is incomplete.
Technique 2: Guided Meditation
Another way to meditate is through guided meditations or through listening to music, stories, and a series of instructions on a CD.
- Sit or lie down comfortably.
- Do the breathing exercises as directed. The first part of guided meditation is allotted for relaxation of the mind and body. It aims to prepare you for what is about to reveal to you.
- Listen carefully and follow the directions embedded in the narrative. The second part may give you a biblical story, will help you to release toxic emotions, and many other benefits.
- The third part allows you to contemplate on the message uncovered before you.Guided Christian meditations are helpful especially for beginners who are still trying to still their minds and learning to focus on the present. The narration is a great help in seizing a meditator’s concentration on what is happening.Christians have a number of techniques used in meditation. You can choose which method makes you feel comfortable doing. Try one technique at first. See how it affects you. If you think it’s not working for you, try another. But when you find the one that works better for you, stick to it.