The idea of creating a Christian meditation retreat may seem a little bit unusual for some Christians, but it can provide a great basis of strengthening your relationship and bond with God.
This idea is not a new concept as many people tend to think. Christian-focused meditation retreats or personal places of worship and intense prayer, have been used for thousands of years, ever since the bible times. Many Eastern as well as Western churches over the last few centuries recognized the value of Christian meditation and created public, Christian meditation retreats. Christian meditation retreats are not always public though—in fact, you can create your own in the comfort of your own home with very little effort.
A Personal Christian Meditation Retreat/Space May Be Useful for:
Directing your focus to GOD without any intermediate resources
Strengthening your faith and trust to GOD
Praying or expressing your concerns to GOD in a deep, contemplative manner
Invigorating your sense of being in union with GOD
When it comes to these matters, we often find ourselves with weakened, or half-hearted faith and trust in God’s will. With so many daily struggles, problems, temptations and distractions our way, we often forget to devote our time and direct our energy towards GOD, our father and true creator. Thus, we need to find ways to re-build our connection with GOD—and one way to do this is by creating a personal meditation/prayer retreat—a place where we can feel at ease and align with God.
Once You Have Decided to Make Your Own Christian Meditation Retreat at Home, Keep These Tips in Mind:
1) Address your basic physical, mental and spiritual needs first. God doesn’t expect us to starve ourselves and neglect our basic needs as many people tend to think. It is very important to be in a good condition, in order to regain our energy and fulfill our Godly goals long-term. You can fast and refrain from doing fleshy activities when you feel obligated to do so, but if you overdo it, you’ll feel physically, mentally and spiritually exhausted and be left with no energy to achieve your spiritual goals.
2) Focus only in your prayer, worship and meditation practices. Don’t focus on to any other means which may have a secondary role in terms of Christian worship. True Christian meditation is a direct approach to communicate with God. It doesn’t necessarily involve the use of secondary material such as guided Christian books, music and similar material. It’s not that they are bad, but sometimes they can a little distracting and make us think of other irrelevant stuff. These should only be used sparingly as means to enhance our prayer and meditation practices—not the other way around.
3) Meditate and prayer for a few hours or even a few consecutive days with breaks. Many Christian meditation practitioners recommend at least 8 hours of meditation and prayer but if you find this very time-consuming, you can start with at least a couple of hours in a 24 hour period and the gradually increase your time to focus more deeply in communicating with God.
4) If your home doesn’t inspire you to meditate and pray for longer periods of time, try going in a quiet place outdoors. Natural parks are available in almost any area of the country—you just need to find one with few or no people at all to pray and meditate without distractions.
These are just a few tips to create a personal meditation retreat but it’s not necessary to apply them all. You just have to experiment little and do what is feels more comfortable and what really makes you feel focused and aligned with God.