Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Meditation – why are we afraid?

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2

I grew up being afraid of meditation.
There was always this sense of forbidding when it came to meditation. It was taboo.
Certainly everyone would say they believed in meditation.  After all it is in the bible.  But it was hardly mentioned.  When it was, it was in a hushed whispered way.  Not too loudly or clearly.  And move on to another topic quickly.  I learned to study the bible, memorize it, read it but never meditate on it.
Even today the word “meditate” sets off alarm bells for many people.  To say or encourage people to “meditate” is seen as liberal or emergent or New Age.
But there it sits in the bible.

Why are we afraid?


Anonymous said...

Is biblical meditation the same as liberal/ emergent/ new age meditation?

Ben said...

I have no idea what liberal/emergent meditation would be. I think there are differences between biblical meditation and new age. Over the next while I am going to post some more thoughts about meditation.

I wanted to start these posts where I started, fear. Why was I taught to fear meditation? Why do so many react with fear and judgement at mere mention of meditation? Why has meditation been suppressed and not taught in many churches?