Meditation – a word that we been hearing more nowadays. Its traces can be saw in our verses, in our old texts, and in our religion and practicing for centuries especially in the Eastern Civilisations. People have begun to appreciate the presence of Meditation techniques in daily life, in schools and incorporates.
What is Meditation?
In Wikipedia when you look up at the word “Meditation” it says ‘it is a practice where an individual uses a technique of focusing the mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state’. The term meditation was introduced as a translation for Eastern spiritual practices, referred to as dhyāna in Hinduism and Buddhism and which comes from the Sanskrit root dhyai, meaning to contemplate or meditate.
In many religions, it has a different meaning and flavor.
Buddhist meditation refers to the meditative practices associated with the religion and philosophy of Buddhism. Buddhists pursue it as part of the path toward awakening and nirvana.
In Taoism, techniques including concentration, visualization, qi cultivation, contemplation, and mindfulness have been developed in its long history.
In Judaism, Classical Jewish texts espouse a wide range of meditative practices, often associated with the cultivation of Kavanah or intention
According to Christianity, it is a form of a kind of prayer in which a structural effort is made to get in touch with and deliberately reflect upon the revelations of God.
Dhikr, meaning remembering and mentioning God, is explained in different meditative techniques in Sufism or Islamic mysticism. Sufism uses a meditative procedure like Buddhist concentration, involving high-intensity and sharply focuses on introspection.
What is NOT meditation?
It is not any kind of focus or Concentration
Connecting with medium
Relaxation & leisure activities
Religious Rituals that are mechanical and automatic
Sports or exercises
What is it actually?
State of bliss
Leads you to an Inner Silence
Non-duality of mind
Expansion of consciousness
Bringing your energies inwards
There are different Meditation Techniques that can help you reach this Meditative depth, they are:
Active: It is a style that advocates movement followed by silence.
Passive: It is a type of meditation that simply follows the breath (or any other object) as is without interfering with the object. There is very less or zero body movement involved.
Self Hypnosis: It is for the practicing meditation at a deeper level and changes any self-limiting behavior and habits by using affirmations or statements to bring change and relax the mind
Emotional Release: Emotional Release involves releasing and overcoming stuck emotions like anger, sadness, guilt, and hurt within both the mind and the body using different techniques.
Healing Arts like chi kung: Chi-kung or Qigong practice is from a Chinese origin that typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind.
What are the signs that you are doing the right kind of meditation?
You are happier
Your life is better
You are not a part of any cult
You did not sign up to pay big donation or membership
Your meditation teacher or group are exemplary of what they are practicing or teaching
Ultimately, your meditation practice should make your life better; happier & healthier.
Finally, anything can be a meditation if you are totally aware & present during the process; like swimming, dancing, or singing. But just this activity alone cannot consider as meditation if one does it with a mechanical aptitude. Only once you master the way to enter in it, you can say drinking or eating or walking is a meditation for you, like Zen Monks. But in the beginning, once may start by practicing simple methods or join a nearby meditation center or download any app from the Internet. And once you start your journey, you will see the effects yourself & possibly other people around you may also notice a positive change in you.
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