New Book ‘The Christian Meditation Journal’ Makes Meditation Accessible to Christians
Faith Newswire – Since 2012, the number of adults meditating more than doubled with 35 million Americans saying they have either meditated or practiced yoga at least once in the last year, according to a 2017 CDC study. In fact, it’s one of Americans most popular health trends. However, what has been the popularity of meditation amongst Christians who in the past were fearful of what they believed to a new age practice that called for emptying their minds or worshiping false gods?
In the last 10 years, meditation amongst Christians has also skyrocketed with some Christian meditation apps boasting thousands, even millions of subscribers, and guided Christian meditations filling YouTube channels for everything from reducing stress, maintaining peace of mind, and resting in God’s presence.
Author Rhonda Jones, known as The Christian Meditator, has been in the forefront of the Christian meditation movement, along with many others, being one of the first websites on the internet to write about meditation for Christians, sell guided Christian meditations CDs, and host annual retreats. “When I started teaching Christian meditation in 2005, there were only a few sites on the internet,” said Jones, “and many Christians didn’t know if they should be meditating or not. Although the practice was typically held by Catholics within the Christian tradition, more and more orthodox Christians were discovering the benefits of meditation as well.”
It was meditation integrated with scripture that helped Jones overcome years of a deep depression. “I basically stumbled upon meditation,” said Jones, “and after reaping the benefits, wanted to teach meditation in a way that Christians could embrace.”
Now Jones is introducing her new book, The Christian Meditation Journal, to help Christians learn how to meditate effectively and with purpose in daily easy lessons and prompts. “Christian meditation is a discipline that is cultivated over time,” said Jones. “Many Christians give up before experiencing the benefits because they think they’re doing it wrong. Others want to meditate, but only in a way that honors God and their faith,” she stated.
“There is a lot of controversy around meditation,” stated Jones; “however, I see Christian meditation as an opportunity to connect with God on a deeper level. It’s being still and knowing God in action. As we quiet our minds and observe our thoughts, it’s so much easier to bring every thought captive and let go of our stink’in thinkin’,” she declared.
The Christian Meditation Journal addresses all these concerns. As Christians work through the journal, not only will they learn why they need to meditate, but also how to meditate to restore their peace of mind, reduce stress, overcome limiting beliefs, deal with negative thoughts, and heal past hurts and inner pain.
The meditation journal also comes with a leader’s guide for those who want to bring Christian meditation to their spiritual group or church community.
Contact: Rhonda Jones, Author
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