“Be Still an Know that I am God”
A strong believer in Christian meditation, Padre Pio stated: “Through the study of books one seeks God; by meditation one finds Him”.
Meditation involves coming to a stillness of spirit and a stillness of body. The extraordinary thing is that, in spite of all the distractions of the modern world, this silence is perfectly possible for all of us. To attain this silence and stillness we have to devote time, energy, and love.
The way we set out on this pilgrimage is to recite a short phrase, a word that today is commonly called a mantra. The mantra is simply a means of turning our attention beyond ourselves, a method of drawing us away from our own thoughts and concerns. The real work of meditation is to attain harmony of body, mind, and spirit. This is the aim given us by the psalmist: “Be still and know that I am God“. In meditation we turn the searchlight of consciousness off ourselves.
In meditation we are not thinking of or imagining God at all. In meditation we seek to do something immeasurably greater: we seek to be with God, to be with Jesus, to be with his Holy Spirit. In meditation we go beyond thoughts, even holy thoughts. Meditation is concerned not with thinking, but with being. Our aim for Christian prayer is to allow God’s mysterious and silent presence within us to become the reality which gives meaning, shape, and purpose to everything we are. The task of meditation, therefore, is to bring our distracted mind to stillness, silence, and concentration.
To meditate, seek a quiet place, and find a comfortable upright sitting position. Close your eyes gently. Sit relaxed but alert. Silently, interiorly, begin to say a single work. We recommend the prayer phrase “Maranatha”. It is utterly simple. Say it like this, MA-RA-NA-THA. Four equally stressed syllables. Some people say the work in conjunction with their calm and regular breathing. The speed should be fairly slow and fairly rhythmical. Continue reading CHRISTIAN MEDITATION 2