Christian Meditation (part 1) Distinction and Definition
Christian meditation is not Transcendental Meditation. The two are similar in that they are both mental exercises, but the end results are mutually exclusive. Transcendental Meditation seeks for an “altered state of consciousness,” but Christian meditation seeks for an altered way of life – one towards Christ-likeness. The former is cultic, destructive and false, while the latter is Scriptural, helpful, and true.
The Lord Jesus Himself exemplified the need to come apart from the business of ministry work among the people. He often went to a private place in order to pray and be refreshed (see Mark 3:7; 6:46; 7:24). Similarly, we need to get away from the things, perhaps even people or situations that inundate our hearts and minds, and leave us spent, wasted, or empty for God or the things of God. His withdrawal from the crowd is a demonstration for his followers to do the same. Christian meditation is a coming apart, or a withdrawing of the mind from the clutter of the day. We would do well to follow our Savior’s example.
Christian meditation is the compliant, constant and careful reflection of God, His work and His Word.