Everyone meditates for their own unique reasons. Some people meditate to help manage stress and deal with anxiety and depression. Others use the practice to develop a deeper spiritual connection. Regardless of the reason, meditation holds within it, the possibility of better getting to know yourself.
Christopher Mendonca believes that meditation in the Christian faith is about moving from a relationship to a union with God. In his latest Times of India post, Mendonca focuses on the use of a mantra as it pertains to Christian meditation techniques. According to Mendonca, the use of a mantra by Christians isn’t a practice intended to be mastered. Rather, mantras are utilized to facilitate a meditators journey to the center of their being.
As a practice that fosters concentration on a single word, this will undoubtedly have physiological benefits of calming the body and mind. However, this is not the primary goal of meditation. The key is that we remain detached from self-seeking and treat meditation as a pilgrimage to the centre of our being. The quality of meditation is not measured by what happens while meditating, but in the change it subtly effects in us, in our relationship to ourselves, and to others. These are gifts of the Spirit that everyone seeks – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control.
Read more of Mendonca’s view of the benefits of and the meaning behind a Christian meditation here.