Out of your mind: meditation and visualization

by Marcia Montenegro

A voice intones: "Close your eyes...relax...let each muscle relax...let your mind go blank...see yourself as a cloud...floating...getting lighter and lighter..."Words like these, a form of guided meditation, are heard today in stress reduction workshops, human potential classes and on relaxation tapes. Is this what David means in Ps. 19:14 when he says, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord...?" Is meditation just another form of prayer?

There is a clear distinction between Biblical meditation, which means reflection, devotion and contemplation, and which makes use of the mind, and the meditation techniques mentioned above which are often taught without the word "meditation" even being used.

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