Overcoming Anxiety By Lifting Up Your Eyes in Meditation from Psalm 121
My goal in this podcast — Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life — is to help 21st-century Christians in the always distracted digital age — to connect with God with your whole being — including your body — and to wire into your brain the reality of that embodied connection in each moment. And I think most of us as Christians are often living unconsciously anxious and tense lives with a kind of disconnection between our body and mind, and disconnection between our body and God’s Spirit. Where our “Christian faith” has become almost exclusively about certain beliefs rather than an embodied experience with God’s Spirit who is always 100% present with us and in us in the NOW.
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A good biblical image of what you’re trying to do in meditation…
Psalm 16:8-9 NIV
With [the LORD] at my right hand, I will not be shaken. …My body…will rest secure.
Your entire body resting secure in the love and care of your Father in heaven.
Psalm 121:1–2 ESV
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
“I lift up my eyes…“
Ethan Cross — psychologist and neuroscientist, writes in his book, Chatter on overcoming the voice in your head that is bringing anxiety, insecurity, anger, resentment, etc. Not a Christian from what I can tell from reading the book, but has an interesting point from his research…
“Seek out awe-inspiring experiences. Feeling awe allows us to transcend our current concerns in ways that put our problems in perspective.”
Just imagine being alone right now with the Lord of Heaven and Earth, who rules over every detail in your life. “Not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart from the care of your Heavenly Father,” Jesus says in Matthew 10:29, “and he has numbered the very hairs of your head.” Jesus’s point was the same as Psalm 118:1, that you can trust in his goodness and his steadfast love for you right now. He rules over everything in his entire universe, and he is right there at your right hand — Imagine this.
Psalm 121:8 ESV
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
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