Confused about Silence vs Meditation, well there is a difference. You want to meditate, but how is it different than silence?
It is so important to sit silently after prayer, meditation, or bible study, in order to soak in all you have just learned. But wait, didn’t I say meditation. Isn’t silence and meditation the same thing?
Here is my definition:
Silence is basically not talking, inside your mind or aloud and being still.
Meditation includes silence, especially at the beginning but there is talking going on in your mind.
Both silence and meditation, you can do while in motion.
Is there a difference between how the Eastern religions, Mindfulness and New Age gurus practice silence and meditation, from the Christians?
For Christians, believers in Christ Jesus who practice Silence and Meditation, our understanding and practice comes from God’s word.
When we practice silence and meditation we are gazing on God’s work and word. Slowing down and giving full attention to God is the foundation of Christian’s Silence and Meditation.
Below are practices for applying the spiritual disciplines of silence and meditation.
Spiritual Discipline to Practice: Silence & Meditation
Begin with quieting your thoughts. Thinking about putting your mind, thoughts, cares and worries at the feet of Jesus so you can be in the presence of God. Then listen to the sounds around you, slowly push them away as you find peace of Holy Spirit settling you from inside your body. Breathe. Breathe again. Breathe deeper. Then recite one of the memory verses for this month. Listening to each word, especially those that seem to jump out at you. Then end your time with sitting quietly and not thinking. Lastly, journal your experience.
Podcast Episode to revisit: Consider the Birds When Communing With God
Memory Verses: Try memorizing the two verses, below, for the rest of August. Post them around the house to help you keep them near and recite in your daily prayers, when applicable. Also write them in your journal as you reflect on what Holy Spirit is sharing with you from God.
Bible Reading: Read through the Book of Proverbs
Plan to start August 1st and read one chapter a day until you finish on day 31. Purchase a journal from the store or get a composition book. Record the scripture and then your thoughts. Make sure after you read, you stop and listen for Holy Spirit to speak to you. In the comment section below let me know how things are going.
Bible Reading for September: Read through 1st and 2nd Corinthians
Plan to start September 1st and read one chapter a day until you finish on day 31. I usually do my reading at night. Purchase a journal from the store or get a composition book. Record the scripture and then your thoughts. Make sure after you read, you stop and listen for Holy Spirit to speak to you. In the comment section below let me know how things are going.
Summer books I’m reading: Try reading 10 pages a day.
What books have you read this summer? Let me know in the comment section below. It’s cool to find out what you are reading. Also you can check me out on Goodreads.com.
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