Discipline in your faith Part 7 – Meditation is for everyone


Die eerste Innerlike Dissipline wat Richard Foster (in sy boek “Celebration of Discipline“) noem, is meditasie. (Alle aanhalings is uit sy boek.)

The first of the Inward Disciplines, that Richard Foster (in his book “Celebration of Discipline”) meantions, is meditation.(All quotes are taken from his book.)

 

“In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowd. If he can keep us engaged in “muchness” and “manyness”, he will rest satisfied.”

 

If we ever want to move beyond the superficialities of our culture, which even includes our religious culture, we must be willing to start to rediscover the recreating silences, the inner world of contemplation.

Indien ons ooit verder as die oppervlakkige van ons kultuur (insluitende on godsdienstige kultuur!) wil gaan, sal ons gewillig moet wees om te begin om die stiltes, die innerlike wêreld van oordenking, herontdek.

The “masters of meditation” teaches that the universe is much larger than we know and that there are vast unexplored inner regions that are just as real as the physical world we know as well. They speak of exciting possibilities for new life and freedom.

Die “meesters van meditasie” leer ons dat die heelal baie groter is as wat on sweet, en dat daar groot onontdekte innerlike areas is wat net so werklik is as die fisiese wêreld wat ons so goed ken. Hulle praat van wonderlike moontlikhede vir nuwe lewe en vryheid.

It may seem strange to our modern ears, but we should without shame, “enrol as apprentices” in the school of contemplative prayer.

Dit is dalk vreemde taal vir ons modern mense, maar ons moet begin om, sonder skaamte, “in te skryf” in die skool van oordenkende gebed.

Before I go on, let me stop here, and ask some questions.

There are many people with many different thoughts and opinions about meditation.

What do you feel when you hear the word “meditation” and the term “contemplative prayer”?

What misconceptions do you think exist, regarding meditation?

How do you think the Spiritual Discipline of Meditation will help you get into a closer relationship with God?

How do you think will meditation help you to focus on God’s voice – His audible and written Word?

 

Voordat ek die volgende deel bespreek, wil ek eers ‘n paar vrae vra.

Daar is baie mense met baie verskillende gedagtes en opinies oor meditasie.

Wat voel jy as jy die woord “meditasie“ en die term “oordenkende gebed“ hoor?

Watter misverstande dink jy bestaan aangaande meditasie?

Hoe dink jy sal die Geestelike Dissipline van Meditasie jou help om ‘n nadere verhouding met God te hê?

Hoe dink jy sal meditasie help om jou help om te fokus op God se stem – Sy hoorbare en geskrewe Woord?

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