What is Meditation? How does it facilitate emotional healing?
What is meditation? To meditate on something means to think, ponder, contemplate, focus on, pay attention too.
Each and everyone of us human beings meditate daily in some form or another. We think on and ponder all sorts of negative thoughts, feelings, situations and circumstances, that is a form of meditation. This type of meditation ultimately leads to 90% of all symptoms and disease. It has been scientifically proven 90% of all doctor visits are stress induced. Notice the word disease is dis ease. When we spend the majority of our time focusing on the negative we create more of that, our immune systems become suppressed and our thoughts and feelings get stored in our bodies and manifest in disease. Typically the standard American will seek a doctor who will then prescribe pharmaceutical drugs that do not address the issue but the symptom thus creating an array of other symptoms, and the underlying cause still remains.
The meditation I want to share today is meditating on positive productive thoughts, feelings and emotions. By doing this we re wire our brains and joy, happiness, love, peace, balance, healing... are restored. It is in this place that our bodies can heal themselves like they were designed to.
My personal experience with meditation has varied and how I meditate on a daily basis varies. It is important to me to get to the root of the issue so sometimes my meditation will be me sitting in a quiet room no distractions, no cell phone, children, husband, no noise at all. I will sit with a notebook and pay attention to my body, my thoughts, feelings or present emotions and I begin to write them down, I will acknowledge them, forgive myself, forgive others , release and let go of that particular issue and ask the Lord to fill me with the opposite of what that emotion, thought feeling was.... For example if I am feeling grief over a loss, I do all the above and ask the Lord to now fill those empty spaces where grief has lived in me with Love, Joy, Laughter..... Or if I just let go of anger I ask the Lord to fill me with laughter and joy. Or in general I will ask Him to fill those places with the fullness of His Holy Spirit.
Anytime you release a negative always fill that space with a positive otherwise that negativity comes back and brings 7 more negative friends and your situation becomes worse than it was in the first place.
Another form of meditation for me is to put on what I call soaking worship music, or you can find a very soothing instrumental sound to you and with only the sound of your music lay there and just take in the sound and allow it to resonate with you and bring you to a place of peaceful rest. Just choose an instrumental preference that will allow you to come to that peaceful state. My preference is prophetic instrumental worship or I like prophetic spontaneous worship by Bethel and Jason Upton. By doing this the prescence of God will come and fill the room I am in and I can feel His prescence. That may be an odd experience for some but it is very natural for me to come to that place.
I also like to listen to the native American flute, the gong and healing bowls. I find all these on YouTube.
Another type of meditation I have found very effective for me is guided meditation. A guided meditation can look very different and sound very different and you have to find a meditation that you helps you to relax. At the end of an effective guided meditation it should leave you feeling more love for yourself and others, more joy, lighter, freer and more energized. In this place of relaxation and your ability to remember love, joy, peace your body is able to heal.
In this world today as we live daily in stress mode it is important to find time daily to meditate. To set your day in the morning a good guided meditation is fantastic so your first thoughts are positive ones. If negative thoughts feelings and emotions come up during this time, address them, forgive, release, let go and ask for the opposite to fill you. Then get re focused on your meditation.
For me personally as a Christ believer and lover I do not leave out meditating daily on the word of God. I personally do this before any other meditation for the day and before I close my eyes scripture is the last thing on my mind and I will ponder it as I sleep. To know the promises of God for me have been my hope and what I base my Truth on. Knowing what the bible says has helped me to know who I am and how to live a life of Love and share the fruits of His Spirit, I have learned how to see others through the eyes of love instead of the eyes of judgement and condemnation and to love and accept every person for who they are and where they are in their lives right now yes even when they do not believe what I do. I have learned how to forgive myself and others, I have been encouraged, challenged and transformed inside and out because Christ is my solid foundation and that alone helps me to live in and walk in peace when life is a whirlwind.
So if I am a "Christian" why do I do guided meditations? Isn't that unscriptural?
I have learned through reading my bible that we are to think on these things- Whatsoever is pure, lovely, of good report, just, honorable. You will find this in Philippians 4:8. For me guided meditation helps me to do that especially on the days I am not seeing goodness in my life. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed by this world (stress, worry, anxiety.... but BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND) I was also taught to let Peace be my administrator and Righteousness my overseer. There was a time not by my own thoughts alone but being taught by the "Christian" community that Meditation was "New Age" and you shouldn't do that because you can allow demonic influence in. It has just been the last couple years that I have been willing to allow the Lord to open my eyes to what is right and wrong and as I learn more about what meditation is for me I am drawn closer to Love, Joy and Peace and I know that Jesus is Love, Jesus is Joy, Jesus is Peace and I am not being drawn away from him in meditating but being drawn closer to know him more deeply, intimately and personally. You will know a person by their fruit/actions. The outcome of mediation for me has been an increase in Peace, Love, Joy, Passion, Energy, Healing and so I know for me meditation has been a very effective and positive tool in my life.
Here are a few resources that have helped me. Because I am who I am you will find my resources are mixed with biblical, or scriptural foundations and some are neutral.
The Bible English Standard Version
Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol Truman
Heal Your Body by Louise Hay
Soaking Worship https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=soaking+worship+jason+upton
I AM morning affirmations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnWlERK0UJc
Be Still in the Prescence of God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbWn-oJ0Oys
Audio Bible Meditations dealing with depression https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhjTi0Sd_WM
Anxiety and Fear Meditations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riL_UmSk_MM
Heal While you sleep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty6MKNLnqAo
Morning Gratitude Affirmations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf3wNxJHlNE
Love Yourself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJztdmZCqJQ