During my early adulthood, I was involved in a religious cult. The self-proclaimed leader held meditation sessions where a group of us would gather around her. “Just meditate,” she would command. So what did I think about during these meditation sessions? Basically nothing. I attempted to clear my mind of all thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I tried to empty myself, be one with the universe. It was all very nebulous and abstract and not infrequently, I would fall asleep. How could I meditate on nothing and everything? The inherent contradictions frustrated me.
Within one year, God, by His mercy and grace, changed my heart and brought me into a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. I vividly recall the first time I prayed as a Christian. It was so different from the meditation sessions. Instead of emptying my mind, I filled it with thoughts of God. I was not one with the universe, I worshipped the Creator of the universe!
Be still, and know that I am God…
Psalms 46:10 (ESV)
We do need time to quiet our minds but not to empty of it of any desires. We need to decrease so that He may increase in our minds and hearts. We need to be quiet so we can hear God speaking to us as He created us to be.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.