What is Mindfulness? And Why Meditative Prayer Matters
Episode 2 The Biggest Secret to Creating A Positive Mindset
In Episode one, we talked about the Power of our Brains, and touched on one tool in particular that has been scientifically proven to help us be more present in our everyday moments > and that is meditative prayer, and in a simple phrase > practicing mindfulness. Today’s episode we are diving deep into this!
I get pretty vulnerable and discuss in this episode the struggles I’ve been challenged with since I was in elementary school. It has been very arduous and exhausting journey, and something I struggle with still from time to time.
I’ve done extensive research to learn the best holistic. Approaches to helping me cope, and achieve a greater sense of CALM and ultimately, more joyful life.
Let’s start with the basics first of what meditative prayer is…
Meditation: is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
Prayer: can be defined as talking to God, but it is much more than that. Prayer is an act of worship that glorifies God and reinforces our need for Him. Through living a life of prayer, we respond to Christ’s work of salvation and communicate with the very source of and purpose for our existence
So in essence meditative prayer (or as some refer to it, Christian Meditation) is a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to become aware of and reflect upon the revelations of God / Christ as your saviour. So basically Christian meditation is the process of deliberately focusing on specific thoughts (such as a bible passage) or an adoration and reflecting on the meaning in the context of the love of God
It’s simply about deeply focusing on God’s presence and His word. Taking a purposeful moment to focus solely on your relationship with Christ, by emptying your mind of the world and totally filling your mind with His presence and peace.
During my research, I was able to devour so many Christian resources on meditivate prayer. Listen in to the episode to hear more insight on this.
Bible references in this episode:
Corinthians 2:16 NKJV
From the words of David Mathis who is the editor of John Piper’s Desiring God “We were made to meditate. God designed us with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for us to not just hear him, but to reflect on what he says. It doesn’t entail emptying our minds, but rather filling them with biblical and theological substance — truth outside of ourselves — and then chewing on that content.
For the Christian, meditation means having “the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16).
Countless studies, like the one Dr Gaelle Debrosbes conducted that I mentioned in Episode 1 have shown the effect physically, mediations have on the brain. Dr Deborsdes discovered, it insights notable changes in the amygdala which is part of the brain that handles emotions and feelings, which we all know impacts our actions.,
Meditation has been proven to relieve stress, help with many physical ailments, and when we are focusing on prayer, we are strengthening and connecting with Christ.
God has empowered all of us to have defeat over our minds. He gave us the capability to live with sound mind
“You do not have a spirit of fear but of love, power, and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
It has been scientifically proven and cited by multiple studies and insitutions that 75 percent to 98 percent of mental and physical illnesses come from our thought life. You can check that info out at Harvard Medical School’s mind-body institute (reference link www.massgeneral.org/bhi/research/ )
Reciting scripture over and over, being intentionally still and focusing on quieting the negative and bringing to the front affirmations of hope, positivity, and love from the truths God says about me have truly helped me wake up with a disposition of joy. To operate from a place of positivity and not complacency.
To live a complacent life is to live a life void of meaning.
The main points of meditation are:
3- refocus on Christ
So keeping these three steps in mind, you can focus your thoughts on what you’re dealing with.
We are all living in uncertainty right now. Different areas of our lives aren’t balanced, and we are struggling to keep our thoughts renewed. I share in the episode how I used meditative prayer during our miscarriage. And how I dealt with that difficult time.
In this episode we worked through a beautiful meditative prayer that you could practice at home.
You can listen to each episode’s exercise by visiting boldpearls.com/meditations
I know that now with all the uncertainty that is occurring in the world in general, each of us have our own personal struggle.
I hope that this meditative prayer will bring you some peace and calm thru Christ.
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Until Next time, “Do Not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… Romans 12:2, Go live with bold intention, bye for now!