The question that separate one form of meditation from another is “What is the purpose?”
A common answer is “disengagement from our lives.” Many people do experience their lives as being a bit “too much.” They celebrate the relief meditation gives. I am one of those who deeply appreciate the sense of resting, “floating apart from the stream of my own consciousness” as one friend put it.
For me, meditation is cultivating the art of listening for God’s voice. I experience an intelligence beyond my conscious control, an intelligence that is caring, restoring and purposeful. Some call this type of prayer “resting in the arms of God.” In Psalm 131 David wrote,
“But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.” Ps. 131:2
People who meditate can experience such rest. One possibility so such rest is to hear God healing word, embrace the voice of eternal wisdom and engage in our live’s new possibilities. If you meditate already, when you experience distancing from the press of the daily churn of our minds, ask, “Lord, when have I seen your love lived today?” and listen. Experience for yourself what happens.