While mindfulness meditation techniques are generally associated with the East, there has been a long tradition of Christian meditations.
"When you are in your beds, search your hearts and be silent."--Psalms 4:4
I did not grow up as a Christian, and so I did not know anything about Christian meditation until much later in my life. My mother was a Protestant and never went to church; my father was an ex-Roman Catholic. When I heard the word, Jesus, I would shudder as I associated his name with the evil that was done in his name over the centuries. However, the statues of Saint Francis and the Holy Mother had prominent places at our home; she on the inside and he outside. I especially liked to look at Saint Francis as the birds flocked around him, both the statuary kind and the real ones, for we always had food for our winged sisters. Meditating on him I wanted to have that love for all creatures, and they for me.
It wasn't until my epiphany in the Himalayas, when my vocation became serving and finding God, that I had a dream with Jesus, that I began to be open to him as a divine influence. And then I came across him on the altar of the Ananada Church, next to Krishna and the other masters of their lineage, and then I was no longer afraid of his name. In fact, he became a powerful influence in my life.
Several important traditional Christian personalities led me close to him: Saint Francis, the Holy Mother, Meister Eckhart, Thomas a Kempis, Thomas Merton, Matthew Fox and Bernadette Roberts. And then there were the non-traditional teachings of the Impersonal Life, and, especially, A Course in Miracles.
I truly believe that Jesus spent his lost years in India and other places in the East. There was a Saint Issa who traveled India and Tibet at the time of Jesus's life. Issa's was well-documented. (See Lost Years of Jesus.)If that was so, he would have definitely practiced meditation. Even if he did not, going out alone in the desert as he did became a tradition for many Christian monks, nuns and contemplatives over the centuries. The Desert Fathers were a group of Christian ascetics in the early part of Christianity who spent their time in contemplation of Jesus and God, who became the founders of future monasticism.
For me, I found a nice blending of Christian meditations and those I practiced of the East. (Here you can find some Christian meditations.) They were very complimentary of each other. And what conflicts my mind might have with some doctrine of Christianity and those of the Eastern ways, when I meditated deeply and went into the silence of my Being, all distinctions would dissolve.
This is the way with the saints of all religions. They go beyond the words of their faith and go directly to the Source of those words. And they find that Source is the One Source of all faiths.
The Christian meditations that you will find on the links of this page down below will be of basically two types. There are the meditations where you contemplate about what is written and those that are experiential. Both are important. Enjoy.
Saint Francis Meditation: My God, my All
Christian Meditation on the Saint Francis Prayer
Christian Meditation on the Lord's Prayer
Ten Commandments: A Nondualism Perspecitve
Christian Quotations: Remembering the Christ
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