Chapter 2-Meditation


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February 14th Ash Wednesday – we will not meet

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Chapter 2 – The Discipline of Meditation “True contemplation is not a psychological trick; it is a spiritual grace” Thomas Merton “Hurry is not OF the Devil: it IS the Devil” Carl Jung

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What were your previous notions of meditation?

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Meditation in the Bible 2 Hebrew words mentioned 58 times These occurances focus on changed behavior as a result of an encounter with the Living God This focus on obedience and faithfulness is what separates Christian meditation from other forms Ps 119:97 Genesis 24:63, Psalm 63:6, Ps 119:148 Eli and Samuel, Elijah’s “still small voice,” etc

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“Christian Meditation” “the ability to hear God’s voice and obey His word”

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The Purpose of Meditation “In meditation, we create the emotional and spiritual space which allows Christ to construct and inner sanctuary in the heart.”

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Misconceptions Eastern meditation – to empty the mind or detachment from the world Only for the spiritual “professionals” Goal is to enter “another world” Psychological Manipulation “True Godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it” “William Penn”

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How is meditation threatening?

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Time, Place, and Posture?

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Forms of Meditation Meditation on Scripture “Re-collection” – (ex.. Palms up… palms down) Meditation on creation Meditation on events of our time

Summary: Celebration of Discipline: Chapter 2: Meditation February 7, 2018 Teacher: Rev. Eric McCrea Pine Island UMC Bokeelia, Florida

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