I am currently staying at a Mantra Hotel and mantras adorn the notice boards and the hotel note paper. A selection:
- I will try to stay focused on the speaker.
- I will make a list of things to do.
- I will make it to the end of this PowerPoint presentation.
- I will ask the best question of the conference.
- I will look forward to the lunch break.
- I will take note of good advice.
How sad that the mantras begin with “I” and that my favourite mantra, “Jesus Christ is Lord of all” is not included.
Christian mantras are simple phrases or words that aid our meditation on Christ by their rythmic repetition. “Jesus Christ have mercy on me” is a favourite as is “Maranatha” which means “Come, Lord Jesus”.
How does Christian meditation compare with other forms of meditation? –
In Christian meditation, the believer seeks to fill his or her thoughts with truths about God. Christians can achieve this by focusing on the Word of God, as the psalmist said: “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalms 1:2). Rather than emptying himself, the Christian fills his mind with hope and encouragement from the promises that God has given in His Word or on good things that God has done for him. Or he may simply just think on the wonder and awe of God. In so doing, the believer is assured of peace. More here.