In Zen meditation, we sometimes use a sentence or a phrase as part of meditation. The passage is first studied for its ordinary intellectual meaning. Next, it becomes a question for meditation: "What meaning does this have for my life?"
It is important not to think directly about the response, but to simply allow the question or passage to come up gently now and then during meditation, while continuing to practice awareness of the breath and the body posture. "Being with" the passage in this way allows deeper meanings and insights to emerge.
A similar practice in the Christian tradition is lectio divina, Latin for "divine reading." In this method of prayer, a Biblical passage is used. The divine reading has four steps: read, meditate, pray, contemplate.