The Biblical term meditation is different than the usage of the word by Eastern religions, but waiting on God, is very similar.

The Hebrew words for meditation mean to murmur to yourself, ponder deeply and imagine ; and the Greek words for meditation in the New Testament mean to revolve a matter around in your mind with care. All these words carry the feeling of sensitivity and awareness.

Biblical meditation is often focused on divine sayings, and involves speaking a scripture aloud  repeatedly, but also pondering these words deeply and imaginatively, looking at them from different angles.

The saying of the Bible were originally given in Hebrew and Aramaic. These are both poetic languages of possibilities. One word can have many, often opposite meanings. Looking at a saying this way and that with openness to its many possible meanings was a process that allowed wisdom and fresh insight to arise from the spirit to the conscious mind of the one in meditation. It is just the opposite of a dogmatic, literal way of interpretation. This open form of mediation allows words to pierce through the more rational levels of the mind into the deep mind, or heart. When our deep mind completely accepts something, things will shift in our lives in an almost miraculous way. Therefore the goal of such meditation was to bring the soul into harmonious union with the divine as revealed through the Biblical writings.

My soul waits in silence for God only. From Him is my salvation. Ps 62:1
(The word salvation means: to be opened wide and made free.)

The Hebrew words translated waiting on God are rich with meanings, including : to gather your self, to interweave your being with God, to peacefully observe, to know nothing and be astonished, to stop, to quiet yourself and wait in silence. These are the same qualities of experience many people realize through Eastern oriented silent meditation practices.

Waiting on God in this original sense is a spiritual practice that has been to a great degree lost in the west. Whereas prayer involves a sense of distinction from God, waiting on God is about realizing our union. These two practices are not contradictory but are two aspects of what is real about us, for it is this rhythm of union and distinction that brings the full richness of life as a divine/human being.

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