Starting with meditation has always been a stumbling block for me reading Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline. It’s a toss up between that and fasting for what’s more difficult for me. I guess these are two that require a lot of discipline.
The reason I find meditation so hard is that I don’t like silence much. My thoughts race; I can’t sit still and listen to God.
Which is exactly why I need to.
For Richard Foster,
Christian meditation, very simply, is the ability to hear God’s voice and obey his word. (21)
The meditation chapter takes us through the reasons for meditating and the way to meditate.
Some forms of meditation:
1. Meditating on scripture. This seems like a good way to do it, taking a verse of scripture and ruminating on it. You just have to choose a good verse. The genealogies maybe not so good. He suggests ‘my peace I give to you’.
2. Palms up, palms down. You give over the things that are burdening you to God with your palms down, and then you hold your palms up to receive things from God.
3. Meditating on current events – hmmm, I’m not really ready to try this. I feel too overwhelmed by the world at the moment.