I’ve lived with a solid Catholic family all of my life, so my beliefs are very important to me. I do my best to not deviate myself from the faith.
I’ve always known about meditation, but, growing up, I always thought it was something the Buddhists did, so I always assumed it was evil, but, when I would hear that Catholics are encouraged to do meditation, I became very confused; I never really understood what it meant to meditate.
So, for the past few years, usually daily, I would go to my room, kneel, close my eyes, and do my best to keep my mind as silent as I could (usually for about 10 or so minutes). Every once in a while, I would think about this approach and begin to wonder why when I do this it’s OK, but when the Buddhists do it, it’s evil; so, something I’ve tried for the past few weeks or months is to think about God, Jesus, heaven, anything or anyone closely associated with the faith.
Today, I recently came across an article on this, and, being scrupulous, I became slightly anxious and died inside a little.
So, again, how is a Catholic supposed to approach meditation?
Until I receive an answer I’m confident in, I’ll probably just stop altogether.