Originally posted by ThinkOfOne
If meditation is "listening to God", isn't this the only essential part of the process?
What's is the point of "talking to God" other than the "ask/answer" process being a method of meditating?
Frame of reference: Most of my religion/spirituality, or what stuck, is a combination of Catholicism and 12-Step Program, with some modern stuff (including Joyce Rupp and Edward M. Hays) and Thich Nhat Hanh. I do not have personal experience with other forms of religious expression. Half the time I stink at what I do know.
That said: http://tinyurl.com/5wadyf explains the 5 forms of prayer as I was taught them, to show that it's not all about ask/answer.
For meditation, one spiritual director said to use a mantra word (I still remember mine, although I didn't find this process very practical for me) and repeat it as you breathe in and out. This is supposed to clear your mind and thus enable you to better listen to God. I guess. It didn't work for me.