meditation? religion? im confused?
meditation really worked for me, but as i found out more about it it seemed to lead me into buddhism, mantra, hinduism, zen... all these stuff.
now i just want to meditate, for my own health and mind. Kinda like a psychological boost you know? i even found meditations and techniques on how to increase my knowledge for school. But im worried if i do this, it would mean im going agaisnt my religion.
I just want to meditate ok? i dont believe in the teachings behind it. So my question is, is meditation a form of exercise? or a form of religion?
i want to hear your thoughts, and thoughts from every religion about my question. But i especially want to hear a word from a pastor, im a christian. I just want answers to my question, dont start bashing on my religion ok? please and thank you 😀
I meditate. Meditate on Holy thoughts, you cannot go wrong.
I've never used a hummmmmmmm of any kind, only thought of God and Jesus and what he wants. I go into deep meditation, and come out more alive than ever before.
Listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit inside you -- you will hear it.
It's really up to you whether it's a religion or not. Why do you need someone's telling you whether what you do in you private time is ok or not?
There should be no conflict between meditation and religious belief.
I have found that the best way to meditate is to relax the body and then ask, 'What will my next thought be?'
Wait for an answer and then repeat the question. You will find that the more you practise this, the longer you can abstain from thought. Being free of the madman in your attic (the mind) will lead you to the inner, silent truth of your heart.
I'll bet meditation is not against any religion. My Christen church teaches us to study, pray, and ponder. The ponder being the most important part. It is the only way to develop a relationship with God. Keep meditating it will only help you in your life.
Think of your "Mind", "Essence", "Soul-facet", whatever as a pool of crystal clear water.
But it is raining! Every thought and other distraction creates a ripple in a seemingly patternless tapestry of ripples obscuring and distorting your view of your depths.
If you repeat anything over and over in a rhythm - the Roseary, OM, Prime numbers, OhGod Please God, whatever - it becomes a calm but overwhelming single ripple that reduces the chaotic nature of the rain's ripples.
Now you can see more deeply and with far less distortion. You can get much closer to NOW. NOW is the point of power. (Think about how hard it is to hit a professionally pitched baseball.)
Meditation relaxes and puts you in touch with your inner self where you take your self and what you discover about yourself is up to you, a thought is like a seed and when you meditate you can water it or not all your decision Take it to buddah jesus wherever but if i were you i would just take it to you
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Psalm 119:48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
Psalm 119:78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
I think that if you are going to do it then go all the way.
Why not believe in the teachings behind it? If it works for you, like it does millions of people, then the teachings behind it must have credibility or else it wouldn't work.
You should read more about it and study what it is all about.
I meditate no matter what religion I am (I'm pretty religion-fluid, thanks to my up-bringing)
I've also found that atheists meditate more than other people (except buddhists) because they find it helps then for day-to-day life.
Also, I've found christians meditate using the Our Father and get good results from that. I chant the Daimoku of Nichiren (Namu Myoho Renge Kyo) and I find it quite relaxing. Christians can also chant it, becuase it's meaning can be applied to christian doctrine.
Hope this helps to some degree...
I am a christian but no religion. 2 me religion is just a label I believe meditation faith and actions are more important, but you should do what you feel comfortable doing. The most important thing is to put God first and follow Jesus' teachings by reading the bible, praying and meditating on what you learn.
meditation is just a form of making yourself feel great as long you are doing in a right way there's no problem.....
how come its against the religion?!
you are meditating because you want to feel relax and to reflect on the things you have done.....and not to commit sins right?
i am a catholic, and as far as i know meditation is not against my religion because i am doing it for me to feel OK and it is not written on the Bible that it is bad....
you know what ...it is just in your mind that" knowing more about it is leading you to another kind of religion" if your faith to your own religion is really that strong then theres no need for you to be worried...and one more thing follow what you really feel and like to do....as long as your conscience telling you its OK then its OK!!! but it doesn't mean that you will never pray!!!learn to balance your obligation as a christian and your likeness to meditate.....
why don't you try to meditate with GOD'S presence!!??
remember: meditation is NOT BAD nor against to any kind of religion as long as you are performing it not against to its doctrine.... I KNOW,...it makes you free from pressure and feel calm,........but don't be toO addictive to it because sometimes it makes us forget that there is a SUPERIOR BEING THAT NEEDS OUR ATTENTION.... WE SHOULD ALWAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIS PRESENCE....
OUR DEAR GOD...
Meditation is important to and originated in the Buddhist and the Taoist Schools. Other branched out religions from Buddhism such as Zen Buddhism and Hinduism inherited meditation. Many Asian monks in Buddhist temples must meditate as their daily discipline, in order to gain enlightenment. Their masters watched their progress. When the good monks died, their bodies would not decay, or their cremation leaving light color beads. When the bad monks died, their bodies decayed as usual, or their cremation leaving dark color beads.
The Christians faiths have similar cases where the dead body remained soft and un-decayed. There is a famous nun died in France church.
You can still practice meditation on your own with your religion, such as the yoga practiced in the gyms. However, the meditation benefit was only limited as you expected. You may reach whatever level in the religion you took, if you haven't mixed in with other religion.
When I lived in Hong Kong I was taught a form of meditation/breathing exercise associated with Chi Gong. I learned it from a Lutheran Minister who along with two other Ministers were the top Gong Fu/Wu Shu masters in HK at the time. They had all studied divinity @ U of Minn. This meditating, breathing technique is used to refresh the mind and to give your thinking greater depth. It has enhanced my ability to think more clearly on God's will for my life.