"OKSangha - Do you meditate? If so, how is your practice going?"
I've been meditating for a while - on and off for fifteen years. Some of that time I would use different visualization techniques, but now I mostly practice mindfulness meditation.
I had a minor health scare about three months ago and then increased the frequency of my sessions and the length of each session;meditating every day for at least 25 minutes and on some days another 35 minutes session in the evening.
The results have been really positive. My chronic anxieties have lessened and psychosomatic discomfort in my body has decreased as well.
But my practice hasn't always been as disciplined. Some months I would skip whole weeks, so I definitely empathize with the struggles to sit.
So if you do meditate, feel free to share or if you have questions, list them here.
4. "I suppose some people who do christian meditation do it like they are" In response to Reply # 3
praying (communicating with Jesus and the Heavenly Father)
I've always heard people describe christian meditation as just being calm and relaxed (like other types of meditation) and thinking of Bible verses and maybe statements that seem spiritual as opposed to mantras that other forms of meditation get into.
So as far as I am aware that's what christian meditation is: relaxing, maybe focusing on breathing and thinking of Bible verses and other spiritual type of statements instead of the mantras of the other kinds of meditation.
6. "Not according to the link you sent" In response to Reply # 5
from the link:
"Centering Prayer advocates link the practice to traditional forms of Christian meditation, such as on the rosary, or Lectio Divina. Critics, however, note that these traditional prayers engage the heart and mind with Sacred Scripture, while Centering Prayer is 'devoid of content.'"
I clearly indicated that in the christian meditation that I do, and what the link calls "traditional forms of Christian meditation", I think of Bible verses and spiritual statements.