What is Meditation?
Stated most simply, Meditation is the practice of deep concentration of the mind. Meditation has been around for thousands of years. Evidence of the practice can be found throughout history in many different religions and many different places in the world. [More about History]
Although Eastern religions embraced ritual meditation long ago, meditation itself does not have to be a religious or spiritual activity. In the past three decades, the practice has gained new popularity in the West for its physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. [More about Benefits] In our stressful, fast-paced society, an increasing number of people have found a need to adopt meditation into their lives.
Contemplating an intricate idea, listening to music or taking a walk in the park can all be considered as meditation in a broad sense. “But in yoga and Buddhism, meditation generally refers to more formal practices of focusing the mind and observing ourselves in the moment.” (Reder)
Meditation is a way to bring the bustling mind to stillness and tranquility, eliminating conscious thought and offering the meditator a unique concentration and “one-pointedness of mind.” An internal balance, mental collectedness and acute awareness of the present moment are all said to be present during meditation.
While there are countless forms of meditative techniques, the two main categories that comprise these forms are concentrative meditation and mindfulness meditation. [More about Techniques]
Meditation is a simple technique, accessible to all people of the world. There are many types to choose from, so that any one person can find the form that suits him. If this site leaves some of your questions unanswered, please check its resources page for links to sites that can guide you further. [More about Resources]
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