meditation (definition):
1. the act of meditating.
2. continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.
3. devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection

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(etymology):
from Latin meditationem, meditatus, of meditari "to meditate, to think over, consider," from med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise"; mederi "to heal," medicus "physician".

 

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a mental exercise use to go into a deeper states of relaxation and awareness. Meditation can help you to become more fulfilled and see things as they are.

Meditation will help you to take care of your own happiness.

Meditation can be use to enrich your daily life and as a potent preparation for physical or mental activities like creative work, musical performance and sporting competition. The recent studies proved that meditation can also be use to improve health and control medical conditions like headaches and hypertension among others.

Meditation has been practiced worldwide since ancient times and all major religions, most notably Hinduism, Buddhism and Zen, has systemized it into very elaborate teachings.

The Goals of Meditation

Silence
Stillness
Clarity of Mind
Joy of Being


Ten Reasons Why We Should Learn Meditation:

  1. It's enjoyable
  2. It's easy
  3. Improves overall health
  4. Creates mental clarity
  5. Brings success without stress
  6. Refines love
  7. Increases wellbeing
  8. Awakens intuition
  9. Accomplishes more with less
  10. Propels personal growth

Levels of Life

We can simplify enjoyment of life to three main areas:

Doingness Havingness and Beingness.

Doingness

We are doing things because we expect pleasure and satisfaction. So we work, entertain, have sex, travel, have hobbies.

Havingness

We expect that having things will make us happy. So we want this or we want that. We want a car, a house, plasma TV, etc.

But doingness and havingess can never bring lasting satisfaction. That's why we always chase after new things and experiences. Most of the time we are so completely lost in doing and having things that we miss the most important factor of joy of living - beingness.

Beingness

Beingness is about being present, being alive, conscious, being totally complete and at peace.

So how can we achieve that ever-illusive peace? Through meditation.

Meditation Takes Care of the Mind

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Every day we spent a lot of time taking care of our bodies. We feed them, wash them, dress them and so on. What about our minds? How much time do we spend looking after our minds?

And it's not even about the content of your mind but how you use it that really matters. Do you know how your mind works? Can you control your mind? Can you stop thinking even for one minute? Or is it your mind that controls you? Are you playing catch-up game with your mind and only react, react, REACT!

Looking after the mind is essential if we want to improve the quality of our lives. For thousands of years it was the job of organized religion to look after our mental/spiritual health. They provided the set of values, all the answers, recurrent calendar of events and rituals. Most of all they gave us a sense of belonging.

Now in our more and more individualistic society, with crises of faith and the diminishing role of organized religion we are all on our own. If you don't take care of your mind who else will do it for you?

People have been meditating for thousand of years. The earliest records about meditation are 5000 years old. In the past meditation was associated with religious purposes but even before meditation was brought to the West it was used very successfully in secular settings like in the martial arts.

In 1975 Herbert Benson M.D., of Harvard Medical School, has conducted a series of clinical studies on meditators and published his findings about the benefits of meditation in his very influential book The Relaxation Response. Since then many new meditation techniques free of mystical content have been developed. Their goals are wide-ranging from the transformation of attitudes to better cardiovascular health. There are now more than 500 scientific studies validating benefits of meditation for health and wellbeing.

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Meditation is all about taking care of mind and making it spacious and limitless.

Silence

"Medical professionals have long recognized that silence plays an important role in healing. Bed rest, for example is the usual prescription for many illnesses, from the common cold to myocardial infraction. It is my belief that the timeless quality of silence is so important that we can call it one of the common denominators of successful healing. Inner silence is crucial to health. Periods of solitude are essential to the continued vitality of the highly creative and self-actualised person. At the level of deep inner silence, the psyche can heal itself quietly and naturally without having to verbalize or examine long-buried emotional traumas." - Harold Bloomfield, MD, Director of of Psychotherapy at the Holistic Health Centre.

 

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