May my meditation be sweet to Him; as for me, I will rejoice in the Lord. Psalm 104:34 (AMP) First, let’s clarify what meditation is from a biblical perspective since there are many popular twists on what meditation is and how to meditate. In my book, Wellness for Christians, I go into great detail about meditation. Meditation and Grilling a Steak If prayer is talking to God, then meditation could be termed ‘listening to God’. Another way I like to describe meditation is ‘marinating’ on something. Those of you who cook may have an understanding of this, especially when it comes to grilling steaks. (To my vegan readers, I beg your indulgence because the steak analogy is an effective one. Please try to relate.) Before grilling a steak, most people would marinate the meat or let it sit submerged in something for a predetermined period of time in order that the meat would soak up as much of the marinade as possible for flavor. Fully marinating and submerging the meat places it in an environment where the meat can absorb the marinade into every part of the meat, even all the way into the center. Why? So the steak can become—be transformed into—the best and most flavorful version of itself. Do you get the analogy? Sweet! When we meditate we are marinating in the Holy Spirit, in our relationship with God, and on God’s word, allowing His Spirit to soak into every part of us. That’s how we get our flavor! What biblical meditation IS NOT is the New Age practices that are common in self- relaxation, hypnosis, yoga, ‘guided meditation’ or a focus on ‘love and light’. These are NOT biblical meditation and can open the door of your heart and mind to all kinds of funky adventures. Stick
Rachel is a passionate follower of Jesus and an overcomer of abuse and dysfunction. She is an author, speaker, wellness coach and teacher, founder of Rachel Zeskind Wellness Ministries and founder and lead teacher of Body Church. Rachel is the author of “Total Transformation,” a 12- week faith-based program to transform wellness in the areas of mind, body, heart and soul. She is also the author of Wellness for Christians. Rachel holds numerous certifications in fitness, nutrition and coaching.
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