They all practice meditation! Stick with me here.
Daniel Tiger, a kids cartoon, was one of our son’s favorite shows a few years ago so, it was on a lot in our house. One of the episodes that had a catchy song with the following phrase, “When you get so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to 4.” Before you let your anger make you do something you’ll regret, take a second and breathe and calm yourself down.
First responders and Elite Operators practice what is called Tactical/Box Breathing, a series of deep breaths that calms the nervous system in the middle of chaos. Calm is a necessity in the stressful situations they face. You want to reduce anger, even compulsive behavior? Then this is non-negotiable and a must for your prayer life.
Meditation on scripture is even mentioned in the Bible (Psalm 1:2), yet most Christians either don’t know what meditation is or they’ve never tried it for an extended period of time. So, why breathe (meditate)?
Psalm 39:5 – Surely every man at his best is a mere breath.
Psalm 46:10 – Be still (surrender your anxiety) and know I am God.
Meditation was central to early Christian teaching using silence and breathing to allow the spirit of God to touch you and transform you. The difference between Christian meditation and the kind taught through Eastern religions though is that we aren’t trying to empty our minds, but instead we are filling our brain with God’s word. When we are quiet, taking long deep breaths in and out, we are breathing in and out the Glory of God. We are allowing God’s gift of oxygen to re-track and renew our mind. Even more, when we add scriptures to it, we are embedding God’s Word into the frontal cortex of our brains. That last part sounded super scientific didn’t it? But it’s true!
If you want to change your behavior, then you have to change your mind. Meditation is key! Do your own study in the scriptures on it and see what you find.
Psalm 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.
Who knew Daniel Tiger had anything in common with the Bible? So next time when you get so mad that you want to ROAR, take a deep breath and count to 4…and spend sometime meditating on Jesus!
Scriptures on meditation:
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Post by: Wes Edwards, Worship Arts Director