The latter is about tightening up your connection with God, the former about loosening up your connections to just about everything.
"Psychological hell," is how he describes it. "It would come and go in waves. I’d be in the middle of practice and what would come to mind was everything I didn't want to think about, every feeling I didn't want to feel." David felt "pebble-sized" spasms emerge from inside a "dense knot" in his belly.
XMLicious: The specific kinds of meditation encouraged in Christian practice are known in meditation enthusiast circles as "flowing" meditation (if I'm remembering my terminology correctly), and are actually kind of the exact opposite of Buddhist mindfulness meditation in that they emphasize surrendering to the the flow of spiritual energy rather than self-observation. They may look similar on the outside, but their methods and intent are not at all the same from what I've read on the subject.
It's the same idea as speaking in tongues. The spirit takes you over--it's an external thing that enters and moves you, is the idea, rather than an act of self reflection.
2723 Meditation is a prayerful quest engaging thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. Its goal is to make our own in faith the subject considered, by confronting it with the reality of our own life.
You aren't confusing Catholicism with Pentecostalism, are you?
I didn't get that at all; he was comparing two different things, which can be done even if they are from two different branches of the same basic faith.
But don't let that stop you from imaging a huge gap between "normal religion A" and "cray-cray religion B" because they're all pretty much full of performative kookiness.
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