January 8, 2008 5:23pm CST
Meditation plays a big part in many religions, yet some people who claim to be religious pay almost no attention to it. Some will tell you that prayer is talking to God, while meditation is listening to God, Which do you think is most important or does it matter to you? Blessings.
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18 Jan 08
When you meditate, the silence of the senses illumines the presence of God within. -from Enthusiasm by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda Some Religions discourage meditation. I've known would-be yoga students who were discouraged from Joining a Yoga class by their Roman Catholic Priest who simply stated that meditation was not constant with the Practise of Catholicism.
17 Jan 08
most people I know, who are deeply religious have no ‘time’ for meditation. They think it requires a lot of time but that’s not correct. All the time that they spend going to church/temple/mosque (wherever) or even in the confines of their own home, can be better spent in meditation. Apart from the religious connections, meditation imparts an infinite peace and calmness to the mind and makes us more strong mentally (and this is more important than being physically strong). I am more for meditation than worship. I don’t go to any temple to offer prayers neither do I do it at home. But I consciously try to take God’s name all the time, no matter what I am doing. Most of the times I fail but I keep trying. I tried meditating too, but fell asleep lol! Guess I am too stressed out now. But I will definitely turn to it once my family responsibilities lessen a bit (and of course it must be God’s will too).
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9 Jan 08
I meditate to rest my mind, and to control pain. I've gotten through some very hard times with the help of just sitting quietly. And yoga breathing, as well, to make me feel rejuvinated. Sometimes, the best place I can be is inside myself.
8 Jan 08
Prayer is most important, and during prayer, you ask God for HIS blessings and you thank HIM, and you ask forgiveness for your sins. Meditation, well look what the Yogis and the Buddhists and other Eastern religions do. They think by chanting they can get God to listen. Whereas Christians meditate on God's word. They might go to a paragraph or a few verses in the Bible and find out what that particular passage means. God then uses the Holy Spirit to impart that message so they will understand HIM.
10 Jan 08
Hisuspenseful, Thank you for your thoughts, but I believe meditation to be very important. It is not about chanting, it's about quieting the body and mind, and listening to what the Bible calls, "that still small voice within." Others describe it differently, but remember Jesus said, " the kingdom of God is within you." I respect your beliefs, but I think our life itself is prayer. Blessings.
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14 Jan 08
Not quite right. Prayer is about petitioning God for guidance, or clearing of sins, or surrender, or favors. Meditation is about clearing the mind and getting in touch with what you truly are, not petitioning for anything. Prayers is a conversation (perhaps incredibly one-sided), meditation is just being. In my experience both of these paths lead to the exact same place, but the sights along the way are very different.