John Owen (1616-1683)
“By disciplined meditation, I mean the art of thinking of some chosen spiritual subject in an orderly, disciplined way. The purpose of this sort of meditation is to rouse the heart and soul to feel the goodness or badness of the subject being thought of.
Disciplined meditation is different from Bible study in which the chief aim is to learn the truth and to declare it to others. It is also different from prayer, for prayer is directed to God. The aim of disciplined meditation is to arouse our hearts to experience a sense of love, delight, and humility.”