One might argue that the best time for a flowing sequence of sometimes challenging postures is before sunrise and on an empty stomach. With God's compassions arriving each day with Dayspring, it makes perfect sense for that day's reset. But, let's face it, some mornings, I just don't feel like it. Some days, weeks, and these recent months have taken it out of me and I lack the physical band width. Being quiet and still before God is a refreshing meditative alternative. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.
Silent meditation is a unique form of prayer where I allow myself to get lost in the arms of my Savior. It's a structured attempt at becoming aware of and reflecting upon new revelations God has impressed upon me. It differs from vocal prayer, the audible dialogue I have with God, which I hear God in church, with friends and alone. It differs from contemplative prayer where I seek to “see God for who he is and all his attributes and character”. An example is contemplation his Goodness in creation as I bring it into awareness with a simple breath prayer, “Oh God, thank you for giving me the opportunity to see your gorgeous sunrise."
Quiet meditation is my literal renewing of my mind. The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditārī, which has a range of meanings including to reflect on, to study and to practice. It's the process where I deliberately focus on a specific Bible passage and reflect on its meaning in the context of God and his awesome character. Christian meditation aims to heighten my personal relationship with the Almighty, rooted in my love of God, which marks Christian communion. Simply put, Christian meditation is just another form of my prayer life but with more structure, used to increase my head knowledge of Christ.
Beginner Tips for Good Meditation: Romans 12:2 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.