The thing that struck me the most is how this time and space is opened. It is established as a time for us to open our minds to God by listening. We didn’t sing songs, we didn’t recite any prayers, we as a group came together to be quiet. Shah read a few paragraphs in one of the books of the Bible, and we sat in silence quieting our minds (which is no easy task) and listened.
The Christian meditation is NOT for self-improvement—although that could very well be a part of it—but for drawing closer to the Divine. We do not empty ourselves of mental chatter to be filled with the universe, but we fit “every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by the ‘Creator’.” — 2 Cor. 10:5