Vespers at Christ in the Desert Monastery outside Abiquiu, NM.In Eastern traditions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Daoism) meditation is used with the purpose of transcending the mind and body to achieve enlightenment. In christian tradition the goal of meditation is for moral purification, deeper understanding of the Bible and closer intimacy with God/Christ.

Here are some forms of Christian contemplative practice:

Contemplative Prayer — which usually involves the silent repetition of sacred words or sentences, with focus and devotion

Contemplative Reading — or simply “contemplation”, which involves thinking deeply about the teachings and events in the Bible.

Sitting with God — a silent meditation, usually preceded by contemplation or reading, in which we focus all our mind, heart and soul on the presence of God