Many Christians consider the act of meditation to be an unbiblical or, in some cases, even a satanic practice that has infiltrated Western Christianity from the Far East.
I don't know much about it one way or the other. I have even heard of biofeedback techniques being condemned by some groups of Christian believers.
Do you feel as though the practice of meditation is wrong or "sinful" for a Christian believer?? Or does it simply depend on how a believer goes about "practicing" meditaion?? I'm not talking about reciting a mantra and trying to reach a state of nirvana or something. I am talking about sitting quietly (cross-legged or not cross-legged is up to you) and closing your eyes and "communing" with God.
I suppose you could use the name "Jesus" as your "mantra", but I don't know if this would qualify as using the Lord's name in vain or not. Because, just repeating Christ's name over and over without purpose doesn't seem very "Christian" to me. But, if it draws you closer to the Lord when you do it, maybe it is not as wrong as it first seems.
Because, isn't prayer or deep worshipping of the Lord a form of "meditation" itself?? While it is most certainly wrong and even dangerous to open up your mind through meditation to forces that you aren't even sure what they are or where they come from, is it bad to open up your mind in the same way to God?? If a person meditated this way, would they be doing anything that could be called "un-christian"??
I would appreciate your thoughts and opinions about this matter. Perhaps many of you don't know enough about meditation to feel like you can give a qualified answer. But, I don't know how much a person really needs to know about it to express whether they think it is un-christian or not. Is meditating an unbiblical or un-christian practice or is it actually something very important that all Christians should do??