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Celebration of Discipline Spiritual Disciplines Meditation
Inward Disciplines Meditation Prayer Fasting Study
Meditation / Contemplation Thomas Merton ( ) was a writer and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. “True contemplation is not a psychological trick but a theological grace. ”
Opposition to Meditation In our society our adversary majors in three basic things: 1.Noise 2.Hurry 3.Crowds
Busy(ness) is not Fruitfulness If our adversary can get us and keep us engaged in doing “everything” Keeping us busy about everyone’s business He will be very satisfied.
Discussion Point 1.Are you too busy? 2.What is busy to you in your day to day life? 3.Can you do anything about it?
Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875 – June 6, 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology.July June 61961Swisspsychiatristanalytical psychology Jung's unique and broadly influential approach to psychology emphasized understanding the psyche through exploring the worlds of dreams, art, mythology, world religion and philosophy.psychedreamsart mythologyreligionphilosophy
Quotation Dr. Jung said, “Hurry is not of the Devil, It is the Devil.”
Hurry Hurry has its place. But it does not always work the will of God. Nor does it bring a peacefull outcome.
Moving Beyond the Basics If we hope to move beyond the superficial concepts The supercifial doctrine of our culture, Inclusive of religious culture, we must follow this reasoning:
1.We must be willing to delve deeply into the recreating silences (meditation), 2.Walking into the inner world of contemplation 3.To become pioneers in this frontier of the Spirit.
Discussion Point 1. What do you need to do to begin experiencing the benefits of periods of contemplation? 2. What are some of your Hindrances?
Active Participation Knowledge is not enough, It must be applied to glean its benefits We must enroll and actively participate in the school of contemplative prayer.
Meditation The discipline of MEDITATION was familiar to the authors of scripture. The bible uses two Hebrew words to convey the idea of meditation Together they appear some 58 times.
Meditation Meanings These words have various meanings: 1.Listening to God’s Word, 2.Reflecting on God’s works, 3.Rehearsing God’s deeds, 4.Ruminating on God’s law, and some more nuances.
The Main Focus In each case, there is a focus on changed behavior as a result of our encounter with God.
Psalm One Psalm says, “Oh, how I love the law! It is my mediation all the day …” Eli the Priest knew how to listen to God and helped Samuel not only recognize his voice but also to listen and hear his instruction. Those renowned men to whom God spoke were not specially endowed, they were willing to listen and so God spoke to them.
A Definition Christian MEDITATION then, put in its simplest terms, is our ability to hear God’s voice and obey His word.
The Process It’s not a complicated process, It is a process of discipline and obedience.
Is it Mysterious? The process requires no mysterious actions, No particular repetition of words or phrases, No mental calisthenics to be able to hear and obey.
Disconnected When Adam and Eve fell, there was a disconnection, a rupture of our communion with God. God still reached out to us and in so many stories, Cain and Abel, Noah and in other stories like those we see God reaching out to lost man.
Do We REALLY want to Hear? Some of us, like the children of Israel, believe that being in God’s presence is risky business. So we would rather someone else speak to him for us We Would have them speak to us for him.
We Aren’t Ready? In this way we can remain, “religious,” without the risk of inner change. Meditation is perpetual communion …
Jesus Today we are so ignorant of what we could experience in season of quiet meditation. Even Jesus himself would take the time to leave the crowd and meditate, To consider his ministry, To contemplate his life and his task ahead.
Why Meditate? We have talked about it, but, how would we articulate the real purpose of MEDITATION? One person said it is growing into, “a familiar friendship with Jesus.”
Full Immersion We are immersing ourselves into the life and light of Jesus Christ and becoming comfortable in that position. “He walks with me and talks with me” is no longer a familiar verse of a good hymn, it has become our daily life.
Heavenly Relationship It’s not the casual, Not an earthly friendship We experience that with our contemporaries, Rather, it is an intimate and reverential relationship.
Personal Meditation In our times of meditation, we construct an emotional an spiritual space This allows Christ to enter and speak from that inner space in our hearts.
A Metamorphosis Inner fellowship of this kind, transforms the inner personality. Everything that is foreign to his way, has to be let go and we voluntary and easily do so. Our desires and aspirations will be more and more conformed to his way. Our entire life, our body, our mind and our spirit will move toward Him.
“If anyone is thirsty Let him come and drink If anyone believes in me … Streams of living water shall flow From out of his body.” Jesus of Nazareth
Misconceptions Whenever the Christian idea of meditation is taken seriously there are those who assume it is synonymous with the concept of meditation centered in Eastern religions.
The Difference Eastern meditation is an attempt to empty the mind; Christian meditation is and attempt to fill the mind. They are quite different.
Eastern Meditation Eastern forms of meditation encourage a detachment from the world. Emphasizing the loss of personhood and individuality, and Merging with a cosmic mind.
Christian Meditation Christian meditation goes far beyond the notion of detachment. There is a need to be detached, a period or time of contemplation, “a Sabbath of contemplation” - Peter of Celles a Benedictine monk of the 12th century.
Luke 11:24-26 Emptying oneself with filling with God opens us up to be filled by any and everything.
Meditation is difficult Meditation is the simplest form of communication with God Takes not super intellect No exceptional academic prowess It just takes time and commitment
Desire the Living Voice Only to sit and think of God, Oh what a think the thought, to breathe the Name Earth has no higher bliss
Albert the Great “The contemplation of the saints is fired by the love of the one contemplated: that is God”
Sanctifying Imagination A God given ability An instrument of faith
St. Teresa of Avila “… As I could not make reflection with my understanding I contrived to picture Christ with me” Just an intellectual approach to God does not bring us to him It take the innermost being finding him within.
Frances de Sales “by means of the imagination we confine our mind within the mystery on which we meditate, that it may not ramble to and fro, just as we shut up a bird in a cage or tie a hawk by his leash so that he may rest on the hand”
How To? We learn how to meditate by meditating. A place of solitude Shutdown the disturbance of the world Contemplative prayer is not a religious act for a specific schedule Contemplative prayer is a way of life
Pray without ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Holy Leisure Any mind saturated with the cares and noise of the world may not be at all ready for such contemplation. We must be at peace with our world and be in balance with our activities.