What Is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way—for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of that training.

Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analyzing that state—such as anger, hatred, etc.—or cultivating a particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion. The term "meditation" can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state. Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and closing the eyes. The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as "being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself."In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices

Benefits Of Meditation?


Daily Meditation is essential if one wishes to live a happy stress free joy filled life, the purpose of meditation is to gain clarity and peace and to strengthen the bond to the Creator. In the book the Yoga of Meditation chapter one page five paragraph one describes meditation as being “Not a job to be performed as one does the duties of one’s profession in life, for all activities life are in the form of a function of one’s individuality personality which is to a large extent extraneous to one’s nature, due to which there is a fatigue after work and there are times when one gets fed up with work, altogether. But meditation is not such a function and it differs from activities with which man is usually familiar. If sometimes one is tired of meditation, we have only to conclude one has only engaged oneself in another kind of activity, calling meditation, while really it was not so.”

Physical Benefits of Meditation

When meditating, the body undergoes a structural change, which demonstrates the profound impact of simply sitting down with eyes closed. In fact, MRI images show a complete change in the brain’s different departments, which results in a relaxation response in the rest of the body.
When meditating, beta waves, which indicate a state where information is being processed, decrease, and are replaced by alpha waves, which are associated with total brain coherence. The frontal and parietal lobes, which deal with reasoning, planning, and processing sensory information, slow down. And without a glut incoming stimuli, the nervous system is able to rest, resulting in relaxation and improved functioning in the entire body.

On a physical level, meditation Lowers high blood pressure, Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks Decreases tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems, Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior, Improves the immune system, Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

Mental Benefits of Meditation

As mentioned before, meditation brings the brainwave patterns into an relaxed alpha state, that relaxes the body as well as the mind. Without constant stimuli entering the sensory pathways, the mind is able to relax and enter a state of deep rest. Meditation is also a practice of self-care, that allows for a connection with the inner self. In doing so, self-esteem increases and the ability to make decisions that align with the individual’s authentic feelings and desires, and allow for better self-regulation. With regular practice of meditation:

  • Anxiety decreases Emotional stability improves
  • Creativity increases
  • Happiness increases
  • Intuition develops
  • Gain clarity and peace of mind
  • Problems become smaller
  • Meditation sharpens the mind by increasing focus and expands through relaxation
  • A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
  • An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
  • The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection
  • Other Benefits of Meditation
  • Emotional steadiness and harmony

Meditation relaxes the entire brain, including the amygdala, which is the emotional center of the brain.
Meditation brings harmony in creation
When you meditate, you enter a space of internal expansiveness, calm, and joy. The result is feelings of expansiveness, calm, and joy in waking life, which has an effect on our interactions with others and the world around us.

Personal Transformation
Meditation can bring about a true personal transformation from the inside out. As you experience your inner storehouse of peace and security, you will naturally begin to discover aspects of yourself that were previously hidden due to stress.

How To Get The Benefits
While there is no doubt that you will feel the benefits of meditation after just one session, in order to experience an integration of the benefits of meditation into daily life, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day, and once made a part of the daily routine, meditation will become the best part of your day!

Think of meditation as a form of hygiene - the mental equivalent of brushing your teeth, as you will. Imagine if you never brushed your teeth - you would like the Geico caveman! When you were young, you had to be trained to create the habit of teeth brushing. However, now that brushing is routine, the thought of not doing it is disgusting! The same goes for meditation - once you get into the habit and experience all of the mental clarity, emotional stability, physical relaxation that the practice offers, not practicing meditation seems unimaginable!
The busier we get, the more important meditation becomes. Experience the benefits of meditation for yourself and get started today!

In other words meditation shouldn’t be forced or looked at as a task, it should be a natural part of your life and something you look forward to doing daily. Meditation is essential in today’s world of chaos and struggle. There are many different types of meditation techniques to choose from such as (Body Scan, Breath and Navel, Central Channel, Guided, Journey, Mindfulness, Movement, Simple, Transcendental, Vibrational, and Walking Meditation), each of these forms of meditations have their own technique and purpose. But whichever one you choose you should be consistent with your meditation schedule which means you should meditate at the same time daily.  

Here are a few helpful hints for setting up the right environment for practicing meditation these suggestions comes from the course book Meditation Dynamics by Leon Masters located on page one. Some example on how to create the right atmosphere to meditate are to pick a place in your home where there is the least likelihood of you being disturbed, play beautiful music in the background, do not meditate on an empty stomach, and avoid meditating after a meal.

Focus on core points: Internal meditation means paying close attention to certain centers (Chakras) of the body. The most essential and most beneficial Chakras for people who are starting to meditate is the Chakra between the eyebrows, and the Heart Chakra.
When you are conscious the mind operates in the brain, in the dream state the mind operates near the throat, and in deep sleep it goes to the heart. When you engage in deep objectless meditation the mind travels to the heart. So, the ultimate purpose of internal meditation is to bring the mind and the heart together. This is done in three stages: the mind comes from the external object to the head (center between the eyebrows), then the mind comes to the heart, and finally the two unite.
Today’s world is very over stimulating, in this hi-tech fast pace world the mind jumps from one object to another, because the mind is used to thinking of objects. This is where meditation comes in handy; here are some tips to bring the mind to a higher state of consciousness through meditation. Stability and harmony has to be in every part of your life, you must be harmonious in your relationship with other people in the world, harmonious within your own personality, harmonious within your body, and harmonious in your breathe.

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