Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

A Christian Mandate for Meditation

 

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True contemplation is not a psychological trick but a theological grace. ~ Thomas Merton

In The Beginning…

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve walked and talked with God. They lived in intimate communion with God.

But they broke faith with God. They ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil.

The Tale of Two Trees

The Fall is this: The Tree of Life was there in the Garden, but our ancestors chose duality over unity, self-knowledge over belonging. They ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, instead of choosing to eat the fruit of eternal life.

Fallen and Broken

This Fall broke and split their inner being, and it’s split to this day. It brought separation, sickness, and death, and today we are broken and destined to die. And it continues to effect all of creation.

Our ancestors chose self-will over unity and wholeness and belonging, and we continue to make those same choices today, again and again. But we can change.

The Way Is Abundant Life

Every type and practice of meditation, brings us back to this point. The winds of eternity echo throughout the ages, within us, in a deep yearning. We all hear the echos of Eden. We all know that things aren’t supposed to be like this. So we can do these types and practices of meditation, but there’s more. There’s more than mere enlightenment. There’s more than returning to the first Adam.

Today, we stand again, with a choice. One where we can choose Jesus…to eat of the Tree of Life, to choose unity over dualism. We can choose life, over our own will power and self-determination in our daily spiritual practice.

Spiritual discipline doesn’t change us, but it does poise us to be changed and transformed by God. (Tweet)

It is to this point, that our prayers, meditation and contemplation bring us. Here, is where Jesus works through the power of God’s Spirit within us, to unify and transform us, to make us whole and to integrate, this wholeness of God’s eternal and abundant life, into our lives, by becoming our life, in a co-dwelling of abiding, a mutual dwelling of Presence.

We can nurture this fruit of the Spirit that we ate of, from the Tree of Life, Christ Jesus our Lord.

And so it is written: “The first man Adam, became a Human Being”; the last Adam, a Life-Giving Spirit.

This is the purpose of prayer, meditation and contemplation, to enter this place of oneness, that we may dwell with God, here on earth. That we may work out what God has worked within us. That we might grow and integrate this wholeness within us, producing the wholeness of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control...the Fruit of the Spirit, and the character of God, within us. It’s easy to go brain dead when we skim over this. So read it meditatively, and listen to what your Father says.

Christian Meditation is all about unity, and wholeness, and purpose. It’s about spiritual belonging that flows from us, like living waters, or like a breath prayer we breathe…Jesus…Jesus…Jesus.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Spiritual practice is the practice of our spirit. In spiritual practice we practice who we really are. Turn your world upside down, and practice who you really are…a child of God.

 

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