Christian Meditation:  Is there an app for that?

Article by Susan Metoxen, White Buffalo Solutions, Hopkins, Minnesota

With over 500,000 apps on Apple’s App Store, there seems to be an app for everything.  Since the mid 1990‘s, tech-savvy Christians have studied Scripture, planned prayers, and read their devotions on their PDAs and smartphones. 


When I first decided to develop apps for the iPhone, I studied the market to identify possibilities for potential apps.  I learned that while there are numerous meditation apps, there are very few Christian meditation apps.  In fact, for every one app you find when you search for “Christian Meditation” apps, there are over 30 apps that are not associated with a religion or associated with a religion other than Christianity.


For the last several decades Christians generally have neglected the practice of meditation because of its strong association with Hinduism and Buddhism.  Meditation became popular in the US in the 1960s in the form of Transcendental Meditation, or TM, which comes out of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths. It’s popularity in the US grew in 1968, when The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to attend a TM seminar hosted by the founder of TM, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  


Forty years later, meditation continues to be popular in the US.  It has become a popular secular activity due to the well-established fact that meditation offers physiological and psychological benefits.  Moreover, meditation is moving into the mainstream of health care as scientists demonstrate the value of meditation on health and mental health. 1  Meditation is even offered at work sites as a health and wellness activity. 


Think about how much more we, as Christians, have to gain from meditation when we focus our meditations on God’s Word!



Frequently Asked Questions about Christian Meditation


If a Christian already has a solid devotional practice, can meditation further enhance spiritual growth?

Meditation can be instrumental in spiritual growth and can be used as a tool to improve the effectiveness of prayer.  Meditation differs from prayer in that there is a distinct effort to fully absorb small doses of God’s Word in order to accept the healing and strength that it offers. 


Why would Christians want an app for meditation?

Having an app for meditation on your smartphone gives you the tools you need to meditate whenever you want or need to meditate.  Meditation can used very effectively as a short break during the day in order to reinvigorate to meet the remaining challenges of the day. Also, many smartphone users keep their iPhones on their nightstand, and meditation is an excellent way to wind down for a night of peaceful sleep. 


If a Christian pursues the practice of meditation, is there a risk of inadvertently falling into worship of false gods?

In eastern meditation the object is to empty your mind, while in Christian meditation the object is to fill your mind with Christ and God’s Word.  If you are unsure if an app or other tool to learn meditation is safe for you to practice, check with a trusted pastor. 


How can a Christian learn to meditate?

I was first exposed to Christian meditation in college when I read the chapter on meditation by Richard Foster in Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth.  I highly recommend reading that book (or at least that chapter) to learn to meditate.  In his book, Foster explains why meditation is so important for Christians and how it is different from eastern meditation, and he provides some guidance on how to learn to meditate.   If you are interested in reading Celebration of Discipline, it is available from Christian bookstores and on-line bookstores, like Amazon.com. 


My company, White Buffalo Solutions, has materials available to help you learn meditation as well.  At our website, FiveMinuteChristianMeditation.com, we have a choice of ten meditations you can access on-line at no cost. The Five-Minute Christian Meditation is a free app at the iTunes App Store  and Android Market.  We also have an audio meditation you can access at no cost at our website, ChristianMeditationApp.com, as well as a $0.99 app called, “Christian Meditation”.  You can see all of our apps at itunes.com/whitebuffalosolutions.


May God bless your efforts to grow spiritually!


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