I listen to all genres of music (if they don’t consist of merely loud noise, that is). It’s sad that country music has degenerated down into nothing more than hollering and jumping up and down on stage. To my way of thinking, music generated without all of the present-day amplifiers, is the best music. Whatever happened to soft, soothing-to-the-soul music?
Such as the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDcpDR_1jws&feature=related
Meditation stands in opposition to the typical American lifestyle. We plan out all the quiet time and are left with “marginless” lives. If a potential quiet time arises we destroy it with phone calls, texting, music, talk radio, TV, internet surfing and the list goes on. Why do we run from quiet moments? Is it fear? Are we afraid to be alone with our thoughts? Are we addicted to all this noise?
Meditation is a counter-cultural idea whose time has come. We have lost the calm and serenity of previous generations. I believe much of the problem comes from all this silence-killing activity. Human beings were not designed to be constantly bombarded in this way. It is hard on soul and psyche. We must find quiet times and actually use them.
Don’t think of meditation as doing nothing. When we meditate we are involved in an action—an action critical to our spiritual growth. It is not expendable so guard those times. It is too easy to let them be taken away.
Meditation takes what is on the surface of the mind and draws it in deeper. Think of the stuff on the surface as knowledge, then knowledge, when drawn in deep, as wisdom and understanding. Meditation then becomes a means of converting knowledge into wisdom and understanding.
Proper meditation brings clarity. A melding of mind and concept occurs in this stress free, yet often intense environment of meditation. Links between concepts are realized. The big picture bursts upon the screen of the mind. Our knowledge of God is no longer a random bunch of ideas. By meditation it comes together and makes sense. We gain insight into the great Creator and what He has revealed to us in His Word.
Consider these passages. . .next time you meditate.
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Joshua 1:8 …meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
and Psalm 119 especially verses 97-105