Should Christians Practice Meditation?

With the growing popularity of yoga in the last decade, the notion of meditation has induced very negative responses and connotations from some people of the Christian faith. There have been many comments from the Christian community mocking meditation as being ridiculous, or stating that it’s evil, dangerous and can cause demonic possession.

Many Christians fear that by practicing meditation, they are practicing Hinduism. While many mantras used in some forms of meditation use Sanskrit words, and some other forms focus on symbols from Hindu culture – it is not a necessity to structure your practice around them as they are culturally specific and can be tailored to any culture or belief. The scriptures of the Bible actually reveal meditation to be an essential spiritual discipline for all believers.

Psychology Today defines meditation as: “the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference.” These points of reference can be whatever it is that you desire.

Here are just a few scriptures that hint at the power of meditation:

“I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.” -Psalm 145:4

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” -Joshua 1:8

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” -Ps. 1:1-2

““I will meditate on your precepts, and fix my eyes on your ways”  -Ps. 119:15