If you’re discovering that your current meditation practice is falling short of your expectations like so many people who go through a divorce, there’s, fortunately, something you can do. And that’s to add Christ into your daily meditation to create a Christ-centered meditation practice. After my divorce, I did precisely this. It changed my life forever.
Because divorce can be a particularly trying time in your life, I offer you the following four Christ-centered meditations to include in your daily practice. Of course, you need not use all of them every time you meditate with Christ, only the ones you believe will lift you up while meditating with him in your mind and heart.
So take this journey with me. Below, I’ll explain how these meditations work and why.
1. Christ-centered forgiveness meditation
Forgiveness is the gift we give ourselves. So if you’re looking to let go and be set free, forgive those you’re angry with — an ex, family, friends, a co-worker, whomever, then forgive yourself for any regrets you may have or mistakes you made in the past, especially during your divorce.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Eph. 4:32) Repeat daily: “I forgive myself” and “I’m forgiven.”
2. Christ-centered self-care meditation
Part of showing yourself love is exercising self-care. Especially during a divorce, you may find you’re not eating enough, overeating, indulging in unhealthy foods and drinks, and not getting enough sleep.
Listen to God’s words during your next Christ-centered meditation about how you should care for yourself more: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16) Then repeat daily: “The Kingdom of God is inside of me” and “God helps me.”
Pro tip: Take a bath, prepare a wholesome, healthy meal, and go to sleep early. Engage in any practice that helps you treat yourself as you deserve to be treated.
3. Christ-centered peace meditation
Take part in a Christ-centered peace meditation by permitting yourself to rest. And by rest, I mean letting go of the oppressive thoughts, the anger, and the fear you have for your future. Surrender your soul to God’s Spirit so He can lead you to your next chapter after divorce.
Breathe in P-E-A-C-E and exhale, P-E-A-C-E. Recite: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
4. Christ-centered identity meditation
With a Christ-centered identity meditation, you will begin to see how God created you in His image. You’re part human and part divine. You’re supernatural. What you allow yourself to see in Him, you can then see in yourself.
The virtues of God are patience, kindness, goodness, love, joy, peace, self-control, and faithfulness. You are these as well. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18)
Repeat daily: “I’m joined to the Lord” and “He’s transforming me.”
Never forget Christ’s love for you abounds. Surrendering daily to him using a Christ-centered meditation practice can help you through your divorce and any other difficulty or trauma you might encounter. He will take care of you and all the rest. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11)
But the first step is up to you. Open your heart to Christ, and he will open up a new life for you.
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Tonyah Dee has studied the Bible and wisdom traditions of the world for the last 30 years and teaches about finding ways to increase inner strength, stability, and confidence through practicing spiritual disciplines and healthy habits daily. Tonyah is a nutritionist, registered dietitian (R.D.), and earned her B.S. from Loma Linda University. She also holds certifications in Christ-centered life coaching, equine therapy, and meditation. Tonyah has been published in Scary Mommy, MSN, The Mighty, Mantra Wellness, CoveyClub, Thrive Global. Follow Tonyah on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Medium.