How Transformation of the Mind is done by Spirit
Meditation in the Christian Tradition
Meditation is not something new to the Christian experience, but is deeply rooted in Christian tradition. However, many Christians have lost touch with this ancient tradition of prayer. Meditation involves coming to a stillness of spirit and a stillness of body. The extraordinary thing is that, in spite of all the distractions of the modern world, this silence is perfectly possible for all of us.
To attain this silence and stillness, we have to devote time, energy and love. One way to set out on this pilgrimage is to recite a short phrase, a word that today is commonly called a mantra. The mantra is simply a means of turning our attention beyond ourselves, a method of drawing us away from our own thoughts and concerns. One early mantra was saying the prayer-phrase MA-RA-NA-THA (Recite it as four syllables of equal length). Another way is the use of meditation sounds or clear with the use of bells or singing bowls (I like singing bowls). Still another way is “praying in tongues”, this is a meditative prayer language that does not operate within the conscience mind.
The real work of meditation is to attain harmony of body, mind and spirit. This is the aim given us by the psalmist: “Be still and know that I am God”. St. Paul wrote (Rom. 8:26) that “we do not know how to pray, but the spirit prays within us”. What this means in the language of our own day is that before we can pray, we first have to learn to become still, to become attentive. Only then can we enter into loving awareness of the Spirit of Jesus deep within our heart. Meditation, known also as contemplative prayer, is the prayer of silence, the place where direct contact with Christ can occur, once the never ceasing activity of the mind has been stilled. In meditation we go beyond words, thoughts and images into the presence of God within. St. John of the Cross says, “God is the center of my soul”. Julian of Norwich says: “God is the still point at my center”. Meditation is this daily pilgrimage to one´s own center. Meditation is the other half of prayer. Normally we speak to God, thank Him and ask Him for things. In meditation we enter the silence (of our own thought), and are saturated by the Holy Spirit.
It is through this saturation by the Holy Spirit that knowing is passed by the Holy Spirit to our Spirit and from our Spirit to our mind where renewal takes place to our old way of thinking.
Most of the article taken from – The World Community for Christian Meditation