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Christian meditation traces its roots to the Bible. In Joshua 1:8, God says to meditate on His Word day and night. The psalmist says "his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:2).

Our thoughts determine our behavior and so what we think about is very important. This belief forms the basis for Christian meditation.

The Christian meditation technique, the lectio divina, has been in prevalence since the fourth century AD. Traditionally used in the monastic religious orders, it is widely gaining in popularity.
Lectio divina, which means "sacred reading" can be divided into four stages comprising lectio (reading), meditatio (discursive meditation), oratio (affective prayer), and contemplatio (contemplation). As part of the first stage, take a passage and read it deliberately. The second stage is when you ponder over the text. In the thirdstage, you talk to God about what you are reading and ask Him to reveal the truth. In the final stage of the meditation, you simply soak in god’s presence.

Christian meditation differs from oriental meditation techniques in that in the former, you focus or meditate on God’s Word. Eastern or oriental meditation differs in that it does not require belief in god or any specific belief system. Eastern meditation is much more a personal experience than a religious experience.

Christian meditation is focused thinking. You select a passage from the scriptures and reflect on it over and over again. Meditation shifts the attention from yourself and the world to God's Word, His nature, His abilities, and His works.

To sum up, Christian meditation can be rewarding and life changing. It can be contemplative, relaxing or just basking in God’s presence.

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