contemplative monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Open Curtains and Breaking It Down

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Part 2

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Besides being blown away and radically impacted, what I’ve  learned is that I have nothing to be afraid of.  I’m convinced that God is going to keep me, even in spite of myself. God is faithful.

I’ve also learned that my meditation is not a sin against God. For me, it’s not an escape into myself. It’s a doorway into greater depths and intimacy with Him. I now walk with God in the cool of the day.

You see,  meditation is not about naval gazing. It’s about going deeper than yourself, and even going beyond yourself into God.

For me, it’s about a growing spiritual wakening up to God.

Meditation is a spiritual journey as well as a spiritual practice.

It’s a vehicle, like riding in a car, heading someplace. And that someplace is determined by the driver, you or me. And as for me, my destination is life, the source of life, the springs of life, which are found in the presence of Almighty God, my Father.

As a Believer, you have nothing to fear of in meditation. The pure in heart shall see God.

Alright, so back to the story.

I started looking into what it was about meditation that was healing me.

I learned about states and stages. States are not permanent.

I don’t know if you’ve had this type of experience, but when the Brownsville Revival first started, the atmosphere of the place was incredible. It was like walking into a cloud. There was a holy silence that muffled the noise. It was hard to stand up. And there was a peace that was almost tangible.  God’s presence brought about a state in the people who came to worship Him there. But it didn’t last.

Penacostals use the term “afterglow” to describe what it feels like as the state fades. Now Moses actually glowed and scared the stew out of people. So they made him cover his face with a veil.

Anyway, what happens to us in meditation, is that there’s a brain change, a tuning of our vibration to the vibration of God. Our heart beat, and our brain waves, and our breathing come into sync. (spirit, soul and body) As a rabbit trail: the Hebrew for breath is the same word for spirit. Now think about that, and breath in the Holy Spirit.

That syncing, is what praying the Daily Office or the Rosary is about. It changes our brain state as well as our spiritual state. Liturgy was developed to actually offer us several different modalities to enter into this state.

Meditation is our personal, devotional and intentional journey into God.

Now, back to the story.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia:Neuroplasticity

 

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