IT IS SAID THE SPIRITUAL WAY OF TAKING MEDS IS CALLED MEDITATION.
We found a wonderful web site that covers various meditations from various cultures Zen, Christian, Hindu, Kabbalah and others. There is even a sound recording for each. Cool huh? This one is from Christianity. Look for another med tomorrow.
If you've always believed Christians don't meditate, think again. In the 1970s, saddened by the numbers of young people leaving the church--many of them drawn to Eastern religions and especially meditation—Trappist monk Thomas Keating realized that few people outside of monasteries even knew that contemplative Christian practices existed.
Hoping to inspire people to return to their roots, Keating worked with other monks to develop a simple, easy-to-learn "centering" prayer for lay people. Drawn from the church's own centuries-old contemplative traditions, the current practice of centering prayer offers practitioners a way to quiet the mind and rest in an intimate communion with God. Keating describes it as "two friends sitting in silence, just being in each other's presence." He also calls this practice a long journey, one in which your relationship with God deepens as you reach different levels of union. Just think of a sacred word to meditate on, and you're on your way.
More on Beliefnet
• Centering Prayer guidelines
• Interview with Thomas Keating
[Go to this web site to hear a sound recording about this.
Stop the Interior Dialogue
From "Contemplative Journey," by Thomas Keating, courtesy of Sounds True."]