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Sunday, September 25, 2011

What Is Meditation?

The question on what is meditation comes up quite often in related meditation forums and online groups. So before we delve into the various meditation techniques available to us, I think it's useful to understand what is meditation at its core and why it is used.
When browsing online or reading through various books, you will find many different definitions about meditation and the various practices. Some are esoteric, others are philosophic, others are mystical, yet others are written in words that us, the average folks simply don't understand.

Understanding What Is Meditation Good For

And this is partly the reason why people shy away from practicing it, as from the very start, they come across a heavy wall: the very confusing and mixed set of definitions of the process they want to learn. So what is meditation?
In short, meditation is a process - a fun and relaxing one at that - which allows the mind to get into a state of calm and relaxation that helps the body restore its depleted energy.
While many of the meditation gurus might argue with me that I am trivializing the subject, for the busy Westerner - like me and you - that's all that meditation has to achieve.
Meditation can be anything you want it to be. In other words you can achieve from it anything that you really want to achieve: bliss, a state of zen, enlightenment, communion with God or other higher power, de-stress, relaxation, or body and mind rejuvenation.
You can find out who you really are at your core - who your inner self is - if this is what you are searching for when embarking on learning this practice.
Or, like me when first starting out - you might simply be burned out by the ongoing stress at your 9-5 dayjob, the endless meetings, angry words with your co-workers, money and financial problems, stress at home, you name it.
And just like me, you want to find something that will help you in just a few minutes a day, find your inner piece, find your lost strength, and find yourself again.
Applying the right echnique can give you all that with ease.
Wikipedia's definition of meditation comes really close to what we want to achieve here. It says:

"Meditation refers to any of a family of practices in which the practitioner trains his or her mind or self-induces a mode of consciousness in order to realize some benefit."

When you have a conversation with a person about it, you will notice that he or she will generally have a different definition from another person. If you talk with 20 people, each will give you a different understanding of it.

Here is a great book on meditation that I heartily recommend for anyone who is starting now with this relaxing and exciting past time:

What is meditation? Why practice it? Which technique is best for me? How do I do it? The answers are in this book.

Common Truths About Meditation

  • It is an internal process, a state of mind.
  • It is a personal practice. While you can meditate in groups, it is really a personal experience and every meditator will feel it and experience it in a different way.
  • It is profound and can be a life changing process - even when meditating for simple relaxation, if done right, it usually changes the person to the better.
    The individual often starts to become more compassionate, more understanding and less stressed out by every small thing. Many people say that they feel they are better persons since they have started meditating on a regular basis.
  • Many people meditate because they gain access to a deep spiritual or even mystical experience.
  • For some people, itis a form of prayer - or the prayer is a form of meditation.
  • For a few, it can become a way of life.
  • For me, it is a way to relax at the end of the day, to quiet and calm my mind, to find my inner peace and recharge my inner mental, emotional and spiritual batteries.
Regardless of all these variations on the truth of what is meditation, one thing it is clear: you will get some great benefits of meditation from practicing a series of meditation techniques on a regular basis.

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  1. True, a book can't tell you exactly why you should meditate; the reasons that you adapt this time-honored practice should come from deep within your heart, and be related directly to your quest for personal and spiritual enlightenment.

    Ilchi Lee

  2. Thanks for sharing this amazing Meditation post. Really very helpful!